New Delhi, May 23: A video threatening terror attacks in India to avenge the Godhra and Babri incidents was put out by the ISIS last Friday. While the video create a lot of buzz, it is important to note that one of the men in the video, Bada Sajid had died almost an year back.
The featuring of Sajid in this video along with 5 other Indians has confused Intelligence Bureau officials who now feel that the clip may have been recorded a long time ago. A team of the Intelligence Bureau is working on this case to ascertain the authenticity of the video and also its timing.
Sajid had died in September 2015:
Bada Sajid originally an Indian Mujahideen operative is said to have joined the ISIS sometime in 2014. His death had been reported in the month of September 2015 and at that time, the Intelligence Bureau had picked up chatter regarding the same. There was plenty of chatter on the ISIS handles that confirmed the death of Sajid.
IB officials say that one of the six men in the video is Sajid. If he had died in September 2015, then that would mean the video was shot prior to that. We suspect that the video could be around 10 to 12 months old, the IB official tells OneIndia.
While investigating the date of the video is one part of the probe, it is also important to point out the timing of the release. The ISIS has been making desperate attempts to launch operations in India. There have been very few cases of Indians joining the ISIS and the IB puts the official number at around 23.
Only a few months back, the NIA had carried out a nation wide operation and arrested several persons believed to be part of the ISIS. The NIA says that these persons had a deadly plan to carry out attacks in India. However with the busting of the module, the plans fell flat.
The video which was released last Friday calls upon Indian Muslims to launch attacks. It quotes the incidents at Babri and Godhra while also referring to the death of Muslims in Kashmir.
Further the video also states if the ISIS is not supported then the Hindus will convert the Muslims. The timing of the release appears to another attempt to dish out support for the ISIS in India, Intelligence Bureau officials also say.