Recruits of Islamic State were planning to take advantage of the JNU row by setting fire to vehicles while Kanhaiya Kumar was languishing in Tihar jail.
The IS was planning to launch an attack while Kanhaiya was in prison to flare up Left-Right discord.
According to TOI, three Junud al Khalifa-e-Hind (JKH) members Ashiq Ahmad alias Raja, Mohammad Abdul Ahad and Mohammad Afzal told NIA that on February 19, a recruiter of the Islamic State, Ahmad Ali, had asked 19-year-old Ashiq to infiltrate the movement and burn vehicles and oil tankers using petrol.
Protests against the anti-India slogans raised in JNU were held in Delhi and across India. Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters
By doing so, the IS wanted to create a communal disharmony in the country. A success would have meant that the intelligentsia of the country and the section of the media that was supporting JNU would have immediately blamed the right-wing groups instead of finding out the truth.
Islamic State was trying to take advantage of the often violent discord between the Left and Right political spectrum of the country.
Students of Jadavpur University march in solidarity with Leftist students of JNU. AP Photo/Bikas Das
The NIA learnt of the plot after they nabbed Ashiq of February 22. While Ashiq is from Hoogly in West Bengal, Ahad is from Bengaluru.
Ahmad Ali had introduced himself as the head of Ansar-ut Tawhid (AuT). The NIA believes he was Shafi Armar, who was recently killed in a US drone strike.
A file photo of Shafi Armar.
Ashiq was also told to blow up a temple in Hoogly and attack Shias.