Kottayam: A Facebook group, which levelled a death threat against Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasrin, has raised fears of the influence and presence of dreaded Mideast terrorist group Islamic State in Kerala. The page, which had posts in Malayalam and English, was taken down on Saturday morning soon after media started reporting about its existence.
It is not clear who moderates the group, Ansarul Khilafa (The Followers of Khalifa). The threat against the Bangladesh writer known for her progressive views was made by one of the members of the group. The group had 135 likes before it was deactivated. The group’s presence comes amid a spate of terror attacks in Bangladesh, the busting of an IS module in Hyderabad and the arrests of IS sympathizers from various states in the last few months. It raises troubling concerns about whether the terrorist outfit, known for its beheading and sex slavery of captured non-Muslim women, is striking deeper roots in India.
Also, in a clear attempt to kick up fear in the community, the group exhorts Muslims to flee India because the Sangh Parivar is allegedly trying to further its agenda in the country. It also had a short bio of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the chief of the ISIS, and photos of IS terrorists beheading their hostages.
Among the last posts on the page was one about a “mass reporting campaign” against it.
It was not immediately clear if the Kerala police had taken note of the FB group and whether it was following any action.
The group has similarities to Ansarul Tauhad, formed in 2013 by former members of Indian Mujahideen, the Islamic group alleged to be behind a string of terrorist acts across India.