ISIS' advise for Kerala Muslims: Poison food at Thrissur pooram, Kumbh Mela

ISIS' advise for Kerala Muslims: Poison food at Thrissur pooram, Kumbh Mela

A video released by an ISIS sympathiser in Kerala exhorted terrorists to attack Indian festivals like Kumbh Mela and Thirssur Pooram. Rashid Abdullah, the chief of the module in Kasargod, Kerala can be discovered in a 10-minute audio clip, liberally quotes from the Quran with an authentic Arabic pronunciation. The male voice makes clear references to the Las Vegas shooting on October 1, where many innocent people were gunned down by a person during a music concert.

"You use your intellect. Poison them in food". Use trucks. Drive over them at Thrissur Pooram or at Maha Kumbh Mela. IS Mujahideen are doing it in several parts of the world. In Las Vegas, one of our supporters killed many people at a music concert. Here at least one of us must try to derail a train or use a knife in an attack, the clip also says. Security agencies have reportedly been analysing the message for past several days and the details have not been publicised so far.

It also asked the Muslims to migrate from house of non-believers to the house of believers.

Kerala Police sources, however, said the audio clip has been transmitted over Telegram Messenger from a location in Afghanistan, according to Zee News. Abdullah has been chargesheeted under IPC section 120B r/w 125 and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) Sections 38,39 and 40.

There is also an Interpol Red Notice issued against him.

The police have now started investigation into the matter and have collected over 300 voice clips and messages from WhatsApp, Telegram messaging applications and other social media platforms. Further, it says that if it not possible to do that, then people must offer financial assistance to Daulatul Islam and the Islamic State.

Reports state that the male voice in the audio is believed to be of Rashid Abdullah - the alleged leader of the Islamic State module in Kasaragod who had left the country to join the outfit in Afghanistan.

"This is very serious", V Balachandran, former special director of Cabinet Secretariat, said in response to the audio clip, Outlook reported.