In a latest video released by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), Indian Jihadis, including Thane engineering student Fahad Tanvir Sheikh, has issued a chilling warning and vowed to avenge the demolition of the Babri Mosque and the purported killing of Muslims across the country.
This is a first video released by the dreaded terrorist outfit which features Indian Jihadists and specifically mentions their planned action in India and South Asia.
“We will return, but with a sword in hand, to slice your throats, to avenge the Babri Masjid, and the killings of Muslims in Kashmir, in Gujarat, and in Muzaffarnagar,” the Indian Express quoted Sheikh, as saying in the video.
“Muslims are not safe in India. New restrictions are being imposed and our freedom is being taken away,” he added.
According to the national daily, Fahad Tanvir Sheikh is the only individual conclusively identified in the video.
“After the Batla House encounter, things became very hard for us. The ATS, police and investigative agencies were after us. We somehow fled India, worked with the Mujahideen and reached Khorasan region,” he said.
Four youths from Mumbai’s Kalyan – Aarif Majid, Fahad Tanvir Sheikh, Amaan Tandel and Saheem Tanki – had fled to Iraq in May 2014 to join ISIS.
Out of these, Aarif Majid is already with the NIA as he had returned soon after leaving for Syria and Shahim Tanki is supposed to have been killed in a bomb attack in Raqqa last year, as claimed by Sheikh in the video.
“We will avenge every atrocity committed against Muslims. Have you forgotten Bombay train serial blasts, have you forgotten Gujarat, have you forgotten Delhi. We will avenge everything,” said one of the Jihadis.
The Indian’s in the video also urged Muslims in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan region to join their movement to establish an Islamic caliphate in the region.
“They are killing you, sometimes in the name of cow and sometimes for other reasons. Our women are not safe. They want to convert us to Hindus,” said one of the Jihadis in the video.
Reports state that several still-to-be-identified members in the video could be former members of Indian Mujahideen.
The video also claims that ‘cow-worshipping’ Hindus are responsible for violence against Muslims in many places, including Mumbai, Gujarat, Assam and Moradabad.
“It is strictly prohibited to worship anyone except Allah. These Kafirs worship cow, sun and moon. There is strict prohibition to maintain ties with those who are against Allah,” said one of the Jihadis.
One of the Jihadis, speaking in English, also gave a stern warning to India and said either accept Islam, pay Jiziya (a medieval tax for non-believers of Islam) or prepared to be slaughtered.
“If the Indians claim themselves to be smart and intelligent, spending immense amounts of money in researching and trying to find out what we really want. Then I would like to let them know, that they have three options and they can choose one, they either accept Islam, pay jiziya and be prepared to be slaughtered,” he said.
The Jihadis also launched a tirade against the Indian Muslims for maintaining trade and social relations with the ‘infidels’.
They have has also criticised the Muslim politicians and clerics for compromising with a purported tyrannical system responsible for massacring Muslims.