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Islamic State can enter Bengal if Mamata Banerjee stays in power: Kailash Vijayvargiya

An Islamic State poster with a threat in Bengali language surfaced on Saturday.

SNS | New Delhi |

BJP general secretary and in-charge of Bengal Kailash Vijayvargiya said on Sunday that the ISIS can enter West Bengal if Mamata Banerjee stays in power.

He was speaking a day after the surfacing of a threatening Islamic State poster in Bengali language.

Attacking the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) government in West Bengal led by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Vijayvargiya said that the state will become like Jammu-Kashmir if the appeasement politics continues.

“If Mamata ji stays, Islamic State can enter West Bengal anytime. It’ll become like J-K. It is because of her appeasement politics that people related to terror activities have made their base in the border-states and ISIS threat is a proof of that,” he was quoted as saying by ANI.

Vijayvargiya’s remarks came a day after a pro- IS Telegram channel released a poster in Bengali language.

The message on the poster read: “Shighroi Aschhe [coming soon], Inshallah.” The poster indicated that the IS could be planning an attack in either Bangladesh or West Bengal.

According to The Times of India, the poster was released on Thursday night and carried a logo of a group called Al-Mursalat.

The IS has a presence in Bangladesh through a affiliate group called New Jamatul Mujahideen (JMB).

Reports say that some JMB operatives have been known to recruit and establish hideouts in Kolkata and others parts of West Bengal and neighbouring states.

Authorities in India are taking the matter seriously especially since an IS splinter group called National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ) carried out eight serial blasts on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka killing 253 people and injuring 500 others.

Among the dead were 11 Indians.