The Kerala police have said that it was looking into the "threat messages", claiming to be that of the Islamic State terror group, being spread on social media and asked people not to panic.

The official statement was released by the police on Sunday after some threatening messages were reportedly being circulated through social media.

"The police was on an alert and also requested people not to fall prey to such messages and keep off from spreading them," state police chief Lokanath Behera said.

"A lot of threat messages are spread through social media, claiming to be that of the Islamic State... Every aspect of such messages are being inquired into by the police, including the veracity of them," Behera said in a statement.

The DGP further said that while probing into such aspects, the police also normally give certain "alert messages" to the authorities concerned as a precaution and to remain alert.

"We are keeping a watch on critical infrastructures of public interest... We are alert," Behera said, adding they were part of the normal policing activities and there was no need to panic.

(With agency inputs)