There are reports coming in of Kerala Police issuing an alert to Thrissur railway station on possible poisoning of Sabarimala pilgrims by Islamic State terrorists.
A letter issued by Thrissur Railway Police Station Sub-Inspector to the station manager states that the police have received intelligence reports about Islamic State’s plan to poison drinking waters served to non-Muslim group of passengers in trains and at railway stations.
“Therefore, please take necessary actions to ensure safety of the drinking water and food served to Sabarimala pilgrims and other pilgrims,” says the letter in Malayalam.
This alert has come less than two weeks after reports of a Malayalam audio clip from the Islamic State terrorist calling for war against Bharat and conducting lone-wolf terror attacks on crowds thronging Hindu festival events like Kumbh Mela and Thirssur Pooram. It had even asked to poison non-Muslims.
Outlook had confirmed from police sources that the audio clip was transmitted over Telegram Messenger from Afghanistan and its voice belonged to Rashid Abdullah, the leader of the Kasaragod IS module who had left to join Islamic State in Afghanistan.
“You use your intellect. Poison them in food. Use trucks. Drive over them at Thirssur 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. At least you should try to derail a train. Or use a knife,” he was heard saying in the clip.
When contacted by Outlook, sources in the Kerala police did not answer whether the alert to the railway station manager was based on the IS voice clip. However, the subject line in the sub-inspector’s letter does mention about the IS plan to play truck over crowds, which was a major theme in the IS voice clip. Also, in the letter, the first alert in this regard has been marked as received on November 14, which is a day after the IS voice clip surfaced.
When asked about the alert to the railway station manager, a senior officer in the Kerala police said, “It is not a thing for the public to panic. It was meant only for the consumption of our officers. This is not an imminent threat. It is a general alert.”
Islamic radicalization in Kerala has reached such high levels that it will not be surprising if the first IS-style jihadi attack in Bharat occurs in that state.
Train derailment through sabotage of tracks has emerged as a favourite tactic of jihadis over the last 2 years – but MSM has been successful in keeping this open secret under wraps and even the Ministry of Railways has failed to educate the public about the threat. In this context, the advice to Kerala jihadists to “derail trains” makes sense.
Since May 2014, our intelligence services have done an admirable job in stymying major terror attacks of the type that were so frequent in the 2006-2013 period with Indian Mujahideen running amok. But the hard reality is that the crude terror methods evolved by IS in recent years, combined with the support & enabling environment for jihadis in states like Kerala and West Bengal, mean that an IS terror attack on Bharat sometime soon is extremely likely.
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