ISIS threat reaches Modi and Parrikar
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ISIS threat reaches Modi and Parrikar

Goa police investigating threatening letter to PM, Parrikar

Goa Police said origin of the letter that threatened to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar were yet to be traced.

Police said security has been strengthened in the state and all measures were being taken.

The Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) has already begun its investigations and the letter has been circulated to all police stations in Goa.

Timeline

19 Jan 2016: ISIS letter threatens to kill Modi and Parrikar

An anonymous letter supposedly signed by the ISIS terrorist organisation threatened to inflict harm on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

The State Secretariat received the particular 'postcard threat letter' in question following which Goa Police swung into action

The ISIS letter expressed anger with the Modi government for banning cow slaughter in the country.

Fact: Threat letter originates from Panaji

Investigating officers found that the letter had originated from the post office at Panaji and efforts are being made to get to its sender.

20 Jan 2016: BJP condemns the 'ISIS letter'

BJP condemns the 'ISIS letter'

BJP Goa spokesman Dr. Wilfred Mesquita condemned the threatening letter.

He said, "If the threat is true then it is sending very bad signal for the country,".

After the letter was received, Manohar Parrikar's security was beefed up to avoid any security breach.

The authorities said that the probe was underway and they were not ruling out the possibility that it was a 'prank'.

20 Jan 2016: Congress too wants a probe into the letter

Congress party demanded a thorough investigation into the source of origin of the letter.

Congress said that Defence Ministers' weekend visits to Goa without inadequate security could pose a threat to the people of Goa.

Congress Goa spokesman Durgadas Kamat said that the letter could also be a deflection tactic of BJP "to divert the attention of the citizens" from Goa governments' misdeeds.

20 Jan 2016: Goa police investigating threatening letter to PM, Parrikar

Fact: ISIS finds a new enemy in Modi

Prime Minister Modi came in ISIS' bad books when he had proposed at the G-20 summit in Antalya in November 2015, that India was willing to join the international coalition against the ISIS and other non-state actors.

21 Jan 2016: Parrikar dismisses ISIS threat to Modi

Parrikar dismisses ISIS threat to Modi

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar dismissed the threat letter that Modi received from the Islamic State threatening harm to both him and the PM, over the ban on cow-slaughter.

Parrikar did not take the letter seriously, saying that it was issued on a 50 paise postcard.

The letter has been sent to the Anti-Terrorist Squad in North Goa for further investigation.

Fact: Threat to French President

The French Consulate in Bengaluru has received a threat from ISIS, warning the French President Hollande against visiting India for the Republic Day parade. The consulate has informed the Indian authorities asking them to make necessary security arrangements.