There are no intelligence inputs to suggest that al Qaeda and ISIS terror groups are working together to target Indian cities, Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.
Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary, however, said a video was uploaded on September 3, 2014 containing the speech of Sheikh Ayman Al-Zawahiri of al Qaeda, in which he announced the establishment of a new Wing of al Qaeda, namely ‘al Qaeda in Indian Sub-Continent’ (AQIS).
It is learnt that Asim Umar and Usama Mehmood have been appointed as the ‘Amir’ (chief) and ‘spokesperson’ respectively of AQIS, he said.
Chaudhary also said Abu Bakar Al-Baghdadi of ISIS in a video, uploaded on June 29, 2014 on internet, highlighted the alleged plight of Muslims in various countries including India and stated that rights of Muslims are forcibly being seized in these countries.
“However, there are no intelligence inputs about specific threat to Bengaluru city by these two outfits,” he said.
The Minister said there is a very close and effective coordination amongst intelligence agencies at the Centre and the state levels on intelligence sharing.
The intelligence inputs about possible designs and threats are shared with the state governments concerned on a regular basis, he said.
“The Multi Agency Centre has been strengthened and re-organised to enable it to function on 24×7 basis for real time collation and sharing of intelligence with other intelligence agencies and states, which ensures seamless flow of information between the state and the Central agencies.
This has resulted in busting of many terror modules, thus neutralising major terror attack plans. In addition, the Government continues to take all necessary steps to safeguard India’s territorial integrity and safety/security of its people,” Chaudhary said.