Director General of Police (DGP) of J&K, Dilbagh Singh, on Wednesday ruled out large presence of Islamic State (IS) terror group in Jammu and Kashmir but claimed that the youth was being ‘radicalised’ through its ideology.

The DGP, who was talking to media persons in Srinagar, while referring to last Friday’s incident of desecration of the Jamia Masjid by youths carrying IS flags said, “In the past also incidents have been happening of carrying IS flags and displaying them publicly to show that there is a very large presence of such elements. But we would again say that presence of IS is not that big but the fact that people are being radicalised on those lines that can’t be denied.”

He said that some elements were making serious efforts to radicalise a section of the youth “to the extent possible.”

“Kashmir civil society has as such been an open society, a very secular kind of culture where we extend due respect to our places of worship. Such efforts had been made at various quarters and their expression has been seen in the kind of activities we saw the other day at the Jamia Masjid,” said Singh.