Bengaluru, Oct 20: 'Kill Israelis and other tourists at Kodaikanal'- was a message sent on Telegram by Sajeer Abdulla from Kerala to six other ISIS recruits. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had recently busted a South India based module of the ISIS and had arrested over 6 persons believed to be part of a major terror plot.
During the first round of the probe, it was found that this module had planned on carrying out a Nice-style attack. Further investigations conducted which went into the chat transcripts of the alleged recruits learnt that there was a far more sinister plot which included targeting Hindus and tourists at Kodaikanal.
Armed with a do-it-yourself (DIY) manual and a book called the Life of a Mujahid, these recruits were planning a series of attacks, officials part of the probe have learnt.
This is not the first time that the investigators have learnt about a plot to target tourist destinations. Two other probes, connected to ISIS modules in the past few months, had revealed about a terror attack in Rajasthan and another at Dal Lake in Jammu and Kashmir.
The recently busted module of the ISIS had planned operations in South India alone. Their focus was on the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. While most of the recruits are from Kerala, investigating officers say that they had planned on targeting tourist destinations in Tamil Nadu.
The Kerala modules of any terrorist outfit are not known to target their home state as they fear that the heat on them may rise and recruitments could be hit.
Saeed Abdullah of the ISIS, who is responsible for recruiting youth from South, was in constant touch with the recruits. He would connect with them on the messaging application Telegram. One message spoke about targeting Israelis in Kodaikanal. Another message spoke about attacks on BJP leaders and judges who they believed were anti-Muslim.