Online radicalisation was an area of concern and there was a need for collaborated efforts by all segments of society to contain its spread and violent outburst, chief of Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) A P Maheshwari said.
He was speaking during a two-day seminar, that began yesterday, organised by the European Union (EU) and the National Investigation Agency (NIA). A number of Indian and European experts discussed different aspects of online radicalisation in the event.
Inaugurating the workshop, Maheshwari said online radicalisation was an area of concern that entailed collaborated efforts by all segments of society, locally as well as globally, in order to contain its genesis, spread and violent outburst.
"In this fatal war of perceptions, besides the well-coordinated policing of the virtual world, we need proper nurturing of behavioural responses by all the mentors who shape the human cognitions, may it be family members, social leaders, teachers, business houses or the role models generating huge demonstration effect," he said according to an official statement issued today.
He said that as the nation's premier investigation agency, the NIA was committed to spearheading successful prosecution of terrorist offences by collaborating with other states and agencies.
"He stressed that developing skills to investigate complex terror crimes carried out in the cyber realm was the need of the hour," the statement said.
"I'm extremely pleased to see that our counter-terrorism cooperation is becoming more concrete and that our law enforcement agencies are working together to prevent extremist organisations from distributing violent and hateful propaganda through the Internet," he said.
Participants at the workshop deliberated upon the processes that led to radicalisation and recruitment, propaganda networks of different terrorist organisations, tools to identify online extremist materials and their sources, and experiences of working with online service providers to block and remove such material.
"Participants also discussed the use of electronic evidence in counter-terrorism investigations as well as the mechanisms to legally prosecute producers and disseminators of terrorist e-propaganda," it said.
The Internet and social media had become one of the main vehicles used by extremists and terrorists organisations to incite violence and sow hatred in societies, the statement said.
"Technological changes have also allowed them to reach a much greater number of people than ever before. India and the EU are determined to cooperate closely together to stop their citizens, and especially their youth, from becoming prey to online radicalisation," it said.
In addition to the NIA, representatives from several state police forces -- Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Punjab, Goa, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Manipur -- and central agencies also took part in the workshop.
This event reflects the essence of the Joint Statement on Cooperation in Combating Terrorism adopted by leaders on both sides at the 14th summit in New Delhi on October 6, 2017.
There they had "welcomed the joint commitment to explore opportunities to develop cooperation between the relevant institutions on both sides, to, inter alia, share information, best practices, including on countering the online threat of radicalisation, and to engage in capacity building activities, such as training and workshops".
"Disrupting the distribution of terrorist propaganda online has become a global priority and we will continue to support building of a European database of illegal content, as it is part and parcel of the new French National Plan to prevent radicalisation," Ziegler said.
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