While Bollywood music might be a craze in most parts of the world (including Pakistan and Afghanistan), not everybody in Libya enjoys Bollywood music, it seems. The British Army is using Bollywood tunes to really annoy ISIS in Libya, Britain’s Daily Mirror said.
The British special forces in Libya are using psychological warfare against the ISIS by ‘freaking them out’ with Bollywood tunes, which they consider as ‘Un-Islamic’.
British tabloid The Sun quoted a senior source as saying: “We needed to unnerve militants and at the same time use some sort of passive measure to gauge their force strength in the area we are working and it went well.”
They revealed a couple of instances were this strategy was used.
- In one instance, the psychological operations unit of the special forces intercepted the insurgent’s communications and blasted them with Bollywood chart toppers – Not to get them to dance but to insult them (ISIS militants have imposed Sharia in the town of Sirte in Libya, and playing music is totally banned).
- In another incident, a Special Forces team, along with some Libyan troops, left two cars near checkpoints on the edge of Sirte. At dawn they blasted Bollywood music by remote control through two huge speakers mounted on the vehicles, the Mirror said.
And guess what! The idea was given to the British special forces by a Pakistani-born intelligence officer!
Islamic State (ISIS) India Wing’s Bollywood Extortion Plan to Fund Operations
When Indian security agencies busted a module of Janood-ul-Khalifa-Hind, the alleged Indian wing of terror outfit Islamic State (ISIS), it was emerged that the terror outfit had plans of generating funds by extorting money from Bollywood stars.
However, the Mumbai Police says that the reports are primary” in nature, and provides no details.
Having said that, the Mumbai Police commissioner have assured complete security to any film personality who feels “threatened”, and approaches the police or files a complaint.
Recently, Mumbai police had organised public-police meetings in areas like suburban Malad and Andheri where cases of radicalisation of Muslim youths had reportedly come to light. Mumbai police were happy with the support received from all quarters of the community.
On the topic of radicalisation of the youth, Mumbai Police commissioner Dattatray Padsalgikar said, “We have got immense support from the community people, parents, teachers and professors, and all this has yielded extremely good response in de-radicalising youths.”