New Delhi: The Ministry of Affairs on Thursday sought a report from Intelligence Bureau to verify the authenticity of al-Qaeda video announcing the formation of terrorist group's wing in the Indian subcontinent.
The Home Ministry has also asked state governments to be on high alert in order to deal with any possible attack.
In a 55 minute video posted online, al-Qaeda has established a new branch to wage jihad in India, revive its caliphate and impose sharia in the Indian sub-continent.
The creation of the group called ‘Qaedat al-Jihad in the Indian Subcontinent' was announced by As Sahab, al-Qaeda's official media outlet, in a lengthy video posted on the social media outlets including You Tube.
"Establishing Al Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent is the result of two years of work to unify the Mujahideen. The rise of this new branch demonstrates that jihad under the leadership of Amir of Believers, Mullah Omar (head of the Afghan Taliban) is expanding," he said.
He said the new branch Qaedat al-Jihad will take the fight to India, Myanmar and Bangladesh.
Al-Qaeda is active in Afghanistan and Pakistan, where its surviving leadership are thought to be hiding out.
He also pledged renewed loyalty to Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar.