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.
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.
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.
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.
Ashiq was also told to blow up a temple in Hoogly and attack Shias.