Indian cleric launches campaign to stop Muslim youth from joining radical Islamic groups

The chief cleric of Bangalore's main mosque says he has advised the heads of hundreds of mosques in India's technology hub to actively counter propaganda by extremist Islamic groups by reaching out to young people in colleges and on social media.

The chief cleric of Bangalore's Jamia Masjid said Tuesday that he is urging Muslim clerics to alert young men and their families about attempts by groups such as Islamic State to recruit them.

Mohamed Maqsood Imran said he wants Muslim leaders to caution people against the agenda of Islamic State extremists.

India's 180 million Muslims generally hold moderate views and Islamic State has not found many supporters in the country.