BJP MLAs Sangeet Som and Sakshi Maharaj have said that they have received a “death threat” from a person claiming to be a member of dreaded terror outfit Islamic State.
Sangeet Som, BJP MLA from Sardhana in Uttar Pradesh, said it was an internet call.
The BJP MLA said he received the call on his official mobile number and when he asked the person on the phone to stay in his limits, he told him that he is a member of the IS and that they don’t kill uninformed.
“I have provided the number from which the call was made to the police and also filed a complaint,” he said.
He is also reported to have informed Union home minister Rajnath Singh about the threat.
Som is accused of making inflammatory speeches during the 2013 Muzaffarnagar communal riots.
Earlier this year, he was accorded ‘Z’ category security by the Centre after intelligence inputs that the BJP MLA could be targeted by extremist elements. The firebrand MLA has earlier received a threat letter from Lashkar-e-Taiba.
On similar lines, BJP leader and Unnao MP, Sakshi Maharaj has also claimed that he has received death threats from Islamic State (IS).
The call it is believed came from internet telephony. The MP has forwarded a written complaint to district magistrate Saumya Agarwal and SP Unnao Pawan Kumar.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has also been appraised of the latest threat.
Intelligence agencies in the country have raised concerns over indications of ISIS influence in at least a dozen states.
According to media reports, the Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) has arrested three people from Nagpur airport for trying to join Islamic State (IS).
“The three men were planning to join ISIS. The three men are from Telangana and have been handed over to Telangana ATS,” said Maharashtra ATS in a statement.
Earlier, three Mumbai youth were suspected to have joined ISIS, but were traced near Pune. In additon, two former Indian Mujahideen members are also suspected to have joined ISIS. A 16-year-old Pune girl was also on her way to join the group before being apprehended.
This month, a senior official of state-run Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) was arrested for alleged links with ISIS, police said. The Special Operation Group (SOG) and ATS of Rajasthan Police arrested Mohd Sirazudin, the marketing manager of IOC in Jaipur.
The annual conference of DGs and IGs of police in Gujarat on December 19 had ISIS recruitment in India on top of its agenda. In his statement, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the threat of ISIS to India is being monitored and country is confident of overcoming this situation. The home minister has called upon the security forces to remain on guard to prevent sudden serious situation and urged for better coordination between the central and state agencies.
The number of Indians who have joined the Islamic State now stands at 25, according to the government.
Till August, the number of Indians in the IS stood at 17. Six of them are reportedly dead.