For the first time, the Indian intelligence agency has said on record that Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) planned to carry out attacks in the country. It also hinted that the self-appointed Caliphate may have developed links with anti-India terror outfits, reports Times Of India.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which filed a chargesheet against ISIS recruit Kalyan youth, Areeb Majeed, has said that the terrorist outfit planned to carry out attacks not just in Iraq and Syria but also in India and other countries.
It was planning attacks with the help of other terror organizations, which in turn planned to recruit people from India and among NRIs for the same.
Until now, both the government, including home minister Rajnath Singh, and intelligence agencies played down the threat from ISIS, saying India was not its immediate target and that there was no traction for its ideology in the country.
The chargesheet goes on to mention the threat twice. Naming the four —Majeed, Fahad Sheikh, Aman Tandel and Shaheem Tanki — the chargesheet said:
“(The four) entered into a criminal conspiracy between January 2014 to November 2014 with the common objective and intention to join Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), a banned International Terrorist Organization and participate in terrorist acts not only in Iraq and Syria but also in India amongst other countries.”