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Mini cabinet reshuffle: Najma Heptulla resigns, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi promoted and other changes. Picture: Mukhtar Abbas NaqviIANS File

Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has received a letter from the Islamic State group threatening him, his office said on Friday.

The BJP leader's office has informed the director of Intelligence Bureau and Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi about the threat letter from ISIS, according to ANI.

Earlier this month, Naqvi had said extremists' plans would not succeed in India as the prime minister has a "tough attitude" towards terror, in relation to the Pathankot attacks of 2 January.

The minister also said given how "mercilessly" the attack was crushed, India shows a high level of preparedness for such incidents.

"Militancy now has no wings to fly in India as they have been impressed fully by the prime minister's extremely tough handling of such elements," Naqvi told Press Trust of India, adding that ISIS members indeed have fear of Modi in their mind.

Another ISIS-signed letter, threatening to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, was recently sent to the Goa Secretariat. Three people — one each from Syria, Nigeria and Yemen — have been taken into custody in connection with that ISIS letter, reported News World India.

A suspected ISIS letter was also sent to Mumbai's Assistant Commissioner of Police Bhanupratap Barge, threatening to kill him and his family, on 13 January. Barge had stopped a 16-year-old girl from Pune from joining ISIS last year and had "deradicalised" her. 

Security forces recently busted an ISIS-backed network operating in the country in a nationwide crackdown against terror, before the Republic Day celebrations, where India hosted French President Francois Hollande.

As many as 14 individuals from various states had been nabbed for having links to an ISIS-backed militant group called Ansar-ut Tawhid fi Bilal al-Hind. The group had received money from Syria for its operations and recruitment.