THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In light of the Islamic State (IS) terrorists’ plans to loot places of worship in Kerala, the BJP has called upon the Kerala state government to enhance security measures for Temples and Christian Churches.
The BJP has urged the Kerala government to ensure adequate security for temples and Christian churches in view of the reported threat of Islamic State terrorists attempting to target these places of worship.
Kerala BJP State General Secretary, C. Krishnakumar, emphasized that the Kerala government’s efforts to regulate activities, such as the presence of RSS Shakha (branches) in temples, should also extend to safeguarding these religious institutions. He warned that failure to do so could potentially lead to severe communal tensions and unrest. Krishnakumar stressed the importance of the government implementing precautionary measures to prevent any untoward incidents.
Furthermore, he pointed out that the apparent lack of action by the Kerala Home Department in response to intelligence about terrorist activities in the state highlights a significant failure. Despite recent reports indicating plans by IS terrorists to target Christian priests in Kerala, the state government has remained largely unresponsive and has not launched an investigation into the matter. Krishnakumar also criticised the state government for what he perceived as a double standard in its treatment of temples.
The mastermind behind the planned attacks and looting of places of worship, including the targeting of Christian priests, was IS terrorist Nabeel Ahmed, a native of Thrissur. He was arrested in Chennai, by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), which successfully thwarted the establishment of an IS module in Kerala, the leader said.
In addition to targeting religious sites, the IS had reportedly planned terrorist attacks in various locations across Kerala and had intentions to target industrialists for looting. In such a situation, the inaction of the Kerala state government raises concerns.