16 Keralites missing, relatives fear they may have joined IS
Thiruvananthapuram: Sixteen Keralites including women and children, who have been missing from Kasaragod and Palakkad districts in the state, are suspected to have travelled to Syria or Iraq to join the Islamic State.
The Intelligence Bureau has reportedly received some information in the matter. The relatives of the missing persons have received ‘dreaded messages’ showing support for the Islamic State that strengthened their suspicion.
According to reports, 12 people from Kasaragod and four people from Palakkad have reportedly went missing one month back. Relatives fear they might have gone IS camps in Syria or Afghanistan. Five of them have gone to these place with their families.
From Padanna, Dr Ijas, wife Rifaila, their 2-year-old child, Ijas’ younger brother Shihas, who is an engineer graduate and Ijas’ wife Ajmala are reported missing. From Trikaripur , Abdul Rasheed Abdulla, his wife Ayisha, their 2-and-half-year-old child, Hafeezudeen, Mawan Ismail, Ashfaq Majid and Firoz are missing. Eeza, his wife, Yahya and his wife were reported missing from Palakkad one month back.
The central intelligence has received information that Dr Ijas, Shihas and Abdul Rasheed have led a team to IS camps, after tracking their phone calls. They first reached Egypt, then Syria and finally Afghanistan. Among the missing, Firoz is reported to have reached Mumbai.
Though the intelligence confirmed that all the missing have gone abroad, it is not clear whether they have gone to particular IS camps.
The intelligence agencies have traced the final call from the missing persons to Afghanistan.
The report says that the youths left the country on the pretext of going on a pilgrimage and their cell phones are switched off presently.
After some of the relatives of the youth received the messages like "We have reached our final destination" and “we have reached heaven from hell”, they reported the matter to the Chief Minister through P Karunakaran MP, M Rajagopalan MLA and District Panchayath member V P P Mustafa.
One of the messages received by the relatives says that they have reached the ‘Islamic land’.