The Islamic State has released a new documentary on purported Indian jihadists in its ranks. The 22-minute Arabic-language documentary carries interviews with five fugitive jihadists who are now fighting for the IS in Iraq and Syria since 2014.
The video was released online on Friday. The new video is significant because it is the first propaganda produced by the Islamic State with content focused on India and South Asia.
An engineering student from Thane, Fahad Tanvir Sheikh, who travelled to Syria in 2014 along with three other men from the city, can be conclusively identified in the video. He has used the pseudonym Abu Amr al-Hindi.
"We will return," Sheikh vows, "but with a sword in hand, to avenge the Babri Masjid, and the killings of Muslims in Kashmir, in Gujarat, and in Muzaffarnagar."
Paying homage to his friend from Thane, Shahim Tanki, Sheikh said that he have been killed in a bomb attack in Raqqa last year. The third member of the group, Areeb Majid, is now being prosecuted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
The video also features some identified members. "To those in the Indian state who wish to understand our actions", says an unidentified jihadist, "I say you have only three options: to accept Islam, to pay jizya, or to prepare to be slaughtered".