NEW DELHI: New Delhi has approached Bangladeshi authorities after a death threat was issued to a Ramakrishna (RK) Mission priest in Dhaka on Wednesday by militants claiming to be from the ISIS.
Security in and around the complex has already been beefed up by the authorities in Dhaka.
“The High Commission of India has contacted both Bangladesh Police and MoFA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), and have been assured of full support and protection. We are also in direct contact with the RK Mission in Dhaka,” Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vikas Swarup on Friday said.
The First Secretary (Consular) in the High Commission had visited the RK Mission on Friday morning to review the security, he added.
Amid a string of targeted murders of secular activists and Hindus across the country by suspected militants in recent months, the RK Mission had received a letter which said the priest would be killed if he continued to preach his religion.
A police official in Dhaka on Thursday said the priest received the letter on Wednesday evening on a computer-composed IS letterhead with the perpetrator identifying himself as AB Siddiqui.
“Bangladesh is an Islamic state. You can’t preach your religion here. If you continue, you’ll be hacked to death with machetes between the 20th and 30th,” the officer quoted the letter as saying.