A chilling video in Malayalam has surfaced on Telegram in which an ISIS recruit from Kerala is heard planning terror attacks on crowds thronging Indian festival events like Kumbh Mela and Thirssur Pooram.
"You use your intellect. Poison them in food. Ram trucks into melas of Hindus, Thrissur Pooram, they have Maha Kumbh mela, all stupid things happen at these gatherings", Rasheed said in the tape. "Islamic State mujahideens keep doing it", he said.
The male voice in the clip also made clear references to the Las Vegas shooting where several innocent people were killed at a music concert. "Or use a knife", Rashid Abdullah reportedly says in the clip.
According to the police, the audio clip has been transmitted over Telegram Messenger from Afghanistan by one Rashid Abdullah, an alleged leader of the Islamic State module in Kasaragod who had left the country to join the outfit in Afghanistan. The said ISIS affiliate, Abdullah, has already been charge-sheeted by NIA under IPC sections 120B r/w 125 and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) Sections 38,39 and 40. An Interpol Red Notice has also been issued against him.
Kumbh Mela is one of the biggest religious events in the world where over a million pilgrims gather to offer prayers.
In Las Vegas, Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, carried out America's deadliest mass shooting that killed at least 59 people and wounded more than 500.
The Islamic State later claimed that Stephen Craig Paddock, the 64-year-old Nevada man behind the massacre, was one of its "soldiers", but the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it had found no such connection.
The clip says that Muslims should go for "Hijrah" (migrate) from "Darul Kufr" (house of non-believers) to Darul Islam (house of believers).
Responding to the audio clip, former special director of Cabinet Secretariat, V Balachandran said, "This is very serious".
Kerala DGP Loknath Behera was also quoted as saying that the matter is being investigated.