Pro-ISIS slogans and threats of an imminent terror attack on the Republic Day have been daubed on a statue of Mahatma Gandhi. The incident took place in the small village of Dudu, which is near Jaipur in the state of Rajasthan.
“26 January ko tabaahi ka manzar dekhne ko milega (You will witness a trail of terror on 26 January),” said the threat message with the name of Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) painted on the statue.
Mahatma Gandhi's statue defaced in Dudu (Rajasthan), 'ISIS zindabad' scribbled on it. pic.twitter.com/mH6H3fRzfP
— ANI (@ANI) January 25, 2016
Locals spotted the statue and informed the police. A police team was sent to the scene immediately after the incident was reported. Subsequently, a Forensic Scientific Lab team and the district collector also reached the spot.
Even before the threats were made the country was placed on high alert after intelligence officials detected “chatter” between senior ISIS commanders in Syria and a group of Indian sympathizers about carrying out an Isis-inspired attack disrupting Tuesday’s festivities.
On Sunday a car with military number plates was stolen in the capital New Delhi raising concerns that it could be used by potential terrorists to gain access to otherwise restricted locations.
This was the same technique used just last week when terrorists kidnapped a senior police officer in Punjab and used his car to enter a local air base where they opened fire.