When the Anti Terrorism Squad of Maharashtra began probing a case relating to the ISIS, it found plenty of material which suggested the amount of study terrorists do before they actually execute the job. Manuals, kill lists and e-books were all part of the kitty of the ISIS recruits, who had planned on setting up a Caliphate in India.
Most of the exchange of notes would happen through a mobile application known as Telegram. One of the messages shared by Naseer Bin Yafai Chaus, a 31-year-old civil contractor had a note titled, "Wanted Kill List." This note contained the names of 285 people that the ISIS wanted to kill in India.
OneIndia had reported in June this year (ISIS prepares kill list of 285 Indian civilians) that the ISIS had prepared a kill list comprising 285 Indian names. Further it was also reported that these persons were civilians and this list was aimed at spreading panic among the people.
The kitbag of the ISIS
All members of this module had to compulsorily have the Telegram mobile application. All communication would be through this application as it is highly encrypted and difficult for the agencies to crack.
Further these recruits had an e-book which was called 'Safety and Security.' This was a manual which prescribed ways for the recruits to stay safe while undertaking an operation. The manual also gives instructions on how to go about an operation and completely remain undetected.
Another book called 'Small Cell' was also found on these operatives. This booklet would prescribe ways on how to operate in small groups. Terrorist groups have been operating in small cells and the modus operandi would be known to a select few.
It may be recalled that Yasin Bhatkal of the Indian Mujahideen planned attacks only with four members. He felt smaller the group, lesser the chance of the plan leaking.
Further the ATS also found a manual called, "Guidelines for the Lone Mujahideen." This manual was more motivational in nature. It would prescribe the importance of carrying out strikes. However, the main emphasis of this manual was on how to go about a Lone Wolf attack.