Kozhikode: BJP general secretary in Kerala K. Surendran said Monday that he is facing threat from dreaded terror outfit Islamic State (ISIS).
Speaking to Manorama News, Surendran said, “About 10 days ago, Kozhikode assistant police commissioner met me and told me that I am in the hit list of ISIS. Police asked me to be vigilant while traveling.”
The BJP leader added that local police visited his residence later, collected more information from his family members and examined his home.
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Surendran also criticized the Pinarayi Vijayan-led LDF government for not providing security to him even after intelligence got information that there is threat against him.
“The government is approaching this issue with politics in mind. I think the government feels that it is better if politicians like me are eliminated,” Surendran said.
Surendran made the statement a day after six Kerala youths were arrested from north Kerala for suspected links with Islamic State. They were sent to custody of National Investigation Agency (NIA) till October 14 by a court Monday.
In a related development, a 31-year-old man was arrested at Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu Monday by the NIA for his suspected links to ISIS module in Kerala.
Reports suggested that the ISIS module was allegedly plotting to kill four prominent people in Kerala and had also planned to drive a truck into the Jamaat-e-Islaami convention in Kochi last month. But timely intelligence on the latter attack helped prevent it.
(With agency inputs)