(This was originally posted in India Today by Hemanta Kumar Nath)
The Assam Police issued a high alert in the state on Sunday over the intelligence input that Pakistan’s spy agency, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), is planning to carry out a big terror attack in Assam and other places in the country. India Today TV has accessed the copy of the Assam Police circular issued by the Assistant Inspector General of Police (L&O) of Assam police headquarter. The circular states that RSS cadres, army areas, mass gatherings, and religious places are the likely targets of the ISI.
“Input received from sister agency about the planning of Pak-ISI to target individuals, including RSS cadres and army areas in Assam and other places in India, and threat from global terror outfits to indulge in spectacular action by resorting to explosion of bombs/IEDs in places of mass gathering/mass transport/religious places etc,” the circular read. The intel input circular of Assam Police also stated, “The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) released a statement regarding the Dhalpur eviction in a Twitter thread, condemning the systematic persecution and violence ramped up against the Muslim community in Assam, claiming lives of Muslims during protests against eviction drive of hundreds of Muslim families from the state.”
“Another input received from a video message by al-Qaeda indicates a call for jihad specifically in Assam (and Kashmir). Al-Qaeda’s ‘AS SAHAB’ released a propaganda video titled ‘Do not Sit Idly Grieving’, showing videos on alleged lynching of Indian Muslims, including some videos from Assam and calling for jihad in Assam and Kashmir,” it added.
The Commissioner of Police, Guwahati city, all district police, Special DGP (T&AP) and IP (BTAD), Kokrajhar, ADGP’s (SB/S) Assam, and all DIGs of ranges have been asked to take necessary preventive and precautionary measures to prevent any terrorist activity. “Gear up the ground sources at your district police and intelligence collection machinery and brief all the officers and men including SF under your jurisdiction regarding the input and remain alert,” said the circular.