New Delhi: A day after ISIS chief Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s video surfaced in which he was seen speaking about the Sri Lanka terror attack, reports of at least two Muslim preachers from Tamil Nadu travelling to the island country to deliver sermons on Towheed– a puritanical version of Islam, a few years back — made rounds.
Apparently, both the preachers were forced to leave the island nation after local Muslims complained and accused them of causing unrest. The development amid Sri Lankan forces trying to identify the terrorists involved in the Easter attack which claimed the lives of more than 250 people.
Of the two preachers, one is P Jainulabdeen, who was until last year associated with the Tamil Nadu Towheeth Jamaath (TNTJ), was deported from Colombo on the complaint of the All Ceylon Jamiyyat Ulama (ACJU) that stated that his sermons given in 2006 were creating divisions among Muslims in Sri Lanka.
The other preacher, Kovai Ayub of Coimbatore, who belonged to the Jamiat ul Quran al-Hadith (JUQH), a Tamil Nadu Towheeth Jamaath group, was also under the police’s radar after a complaint was launched in July 2009 by the Sri Lankan Ministry of Religious Affairs.
However, the Tamil Nadu Towheeth Jamaath has denied any links to Towheed groups in Sri Lanka and has stressed its role in speaking against social evils such as dowry.
While Jainulabdeen has been deported, Ayub remains missing and is being traced.
On Tuesday, the United States issued a warning that Sri Lanka is further prone to threats from active members of the terror camps who were responsible for the suicide attacks on Easter Sunday. US security experts are working closely with Sri Lanka to fulfil ‘short term, specific objectives’ related to the recent attacks and to bring the perpetrators to justice, according to the US Embassy.
Meanwhile, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena revoked the government’s ban on social media use that was imposed throughout the nation following the Easter attack.