8 Malayalis backing ISIS promoting team ‘Bahrain Group’
Kannur/Vandoor: The police have confirmed involvement of 8 Malayalis in a group formed in Bahrain for promoting Islamic State. Vandoor police have charged case against these persons on the basis of the statement of U. K. Hamsa who was nabbed from Valapattanam a week ago.
The investigation team head M. P. Mohanachandran said that case has been charged under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) against Vaniyambalam native Manayil Ashraf Moulavi, Perumbavoor native Safeer, Kondotty native Mansoor, Thamarassery native Shaibu Nihar, Vadakara native Mansoor, Kannur Chalad native Shahanad, Koyilandi native Fajid and Vaniyambalm native Muhaddis.
Police said they decided to go to Syria after a special meeting held in Perinthalmanna, as directed by Hamsa. The case was charged against them as per the instruction of North Zone DGP Rajesh Divan. Kannur DySP P. P. Sadanandan has handed over to DGP the report containing the statement of Hamsa and the details of their meetings held in Bahrain, Perinthalmanna and Perumbavoor.
The ISIS supporting Malayalis held a meeting separately at Al-Ansar centre in Bahrain, which the police have named as “Bahrain Group’. Police said that they had conducted training to inculcate the ideology of ISIS. Meanwhile, this was rejected by Ansar centre, and explained that they are working against terrorist activities. The police also accepted their claim and said that the meeting was held without their knowledge.
The Bahrain Group came to Kerala to seek advice from U. K. Hamsa alias Biriyani Hamsa as there was some ambiguities about going to Syria. They held meetings in the residences of their supporters in Perinthalmanna and Perumbavoor after this meeting, and went to Syria later.
Four persons, including Muhaddis, are said to be killed in Syria. Among the other four of them, Fajis could not enter Syria. Presently, 5 persons with ISIS connections are in custody in Kannur. They are being interrogated by RAW, IB and the anti-terrorist wing of Mumbai and Andhra Police. Karnataka ATS team will arrive at Kannur soon as part of the investigation.