BJP leader Syed Shahnawaz Hussain lodged a complaint with Delhi Police on Friday about a threat letter purportedly from the Islamic State (IS or ISIS) on a day the NIA in a nationwide crackdown took into custody over a dozen people with alleged links to the terror group.
The letter, delivered at the former central minister’s residence in the Capital, makes some unsavoury remarks about the BJP’s stand against cow slaughter and Hussain’s association with the party, considered a Hindu nationalist organisation by many, despite being a Muslim.
“I keep receiving such threats on social media and emails. Today, I received a postal letter and I reported the matter to police for necessary action,” Hussain told HT. The former MP from Bhagalpur has a Z-category security cover.
According to officials, the sender identified himself as someone from the militant group IS. While police immediately registered a case and began a probe, sources say it appears to be a prank.
A similar postcard letter, claiming to be from ISIS and threatening to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi and defence minister Manohar Parrikar, was received at the state secretariat in Goa’s capital Panaji last week.
Similar to the letter delivered at Hussain’s address, ISIS was scribbled at the bottom of the postcard received at the Goa secretariat.
Police officials said the threat message to Hussain was written in Urdu and English, on both sides of a page, with some nasty remarks about two female Union ministers, Muslim BJP leaders, yoga guru Ramdev as well as the cow.
The envelope in which the letter was sent described Hussain as a “Kafir” – meaning an infidel, or non-believer.