In a video monitored by the U.S intelligence group SITE, daesh terrorists made a rare appeal to India’s Muslim minority to carry out attacks at home.
ISIS said it is planning to avenge the deaths of Muslims killed in riots in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat and elsewhere.
In the video Islamic State mocked Muslims living in harmony with Hindus who worship cows, trees and the sun, and urged them to travel to IS-held territories in the “Caliphate”.
Indian Abu Salman al-Hindi operating in the Syrian province of Homs said: “In this land you get to have hatred for the kuffar. In this land you get to perform jihad.
“In this land your religion is safe. In this land Allah’s Law is the highest. In this land you have nothing that stops you from doing good deeds, from doing da’wah, from preaching Islam.
“In this land your life, your honour, your property is protected.”
India, a Hindu-majority country, is home to more than 160 million Muslims, but only a handful of them have joined the Middle Eastern group. Indian leaders and members of the community say this testifies to the strength of the country’s secular democracy.
Another fighter then says Islamic State will come to India to liberate Muslims and avenge the violence perpetrated against them in 2002 in the western state of Gujarat as well Kashmir and the destruction of a mosque by Hindu zealots in 1992.
More than 1,000 people, mostly Muslim, were killed in Gujarat by Hindu mobs in retaliation for the burning of Hindus in a train.
The fighter said: “We will come back, with the sword, to free you, to avenge Babri mosque, Gujarat, Kashmir.”