How IS plannned a Sunni-Shia divide in India
The Islamic State-inspired module that was busted recently tried to create a rift between the Sunnis and Shias. Several plans had been hatched to target Shia shrines in the country in a bid to create a deep divide, investigations have found.
The interrogation of Syed Mir Hussain, one of the members of the module busted in Uttar Pradesh has revealed that a plan was hatched to carry out a blast at the Waris Ali Shah dargah. The module members had also planned on murdering a leading Shia cleric in UP, investigations further revealed.
Hussain told the NIA that the plan had been hatched, but owing to heavy security arrangements, they had to postpone the plot. He said that he and the rest of the members had visited several places which had a dominant Shia population. "We wanted to target these places and create fear in the minds of the Shias," he told the NIA.
He also said that after the blasts they wanted to propagate the Sharia law and also implement it. "We held several meetings in this regard. We wanted not just to carry out blasts, but also murders of leading Shia leaders and clerics," he told interrogators.
The plan is in sync with what the IS has been propagating in both Syria and Iraq. The IS has directed its leaders to strike at Shia targets and implement the Sharia law. The birth of the IS is directly linked to the fight against the Shias across the world. After the US installed a Shia head in Iraq, the IS became stronger and vowed to overthrow the leadership. The IS believes that the Shias are non-believers and need to be wiped out from the earth.