Malappuram: Police have launched probe regarding the Athikkad colony in Nilambur, which is suspected to have a role in the incident in which 21 Malayalis went missing in mysterious circumstances. The investigation is based on the complaint lodged by a resident of the colony last month.

The colony is situated at a distance of 10 km from Nilambur, near the forests. There are around 20 houses, a mosque, and a madrasa on the five-acre plot. School teacher and religious scholar Subair Mankada was behind the concept of such a colony. Subair was a member of the Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen (KNM) earlier. When the organisation split, he stood with the official faction. He later felt an organisation itself is un-Islamic and formed the new set-up.

A group of like-minded people bought the land for the purpose set up the colony. Following differences of opinion, Subair Mankada and some others left the place in 2013.

Yasir, a resident of the colony since 2008, lodged the complaint with the Nilambur police on June 23. The complainant said he had doubts about the activities of a person who came to live in the colony last year. The person is very strict about religious matters, he said, and demanded action against him if his activities were against the interests of the country.

Jumu'ah prayers have not been held in the mosque for the past three years. Madrasa is closed as well.