IS recruitment: NIA's FIR exempts missing women
Kasargod: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) probing the case related to the recruitment of Keralites to Islamic States has prepared an FIR.
They agency has registered a case against 19 of the 21 missing persons under the UAPA. Of them, 14 belong to Kasargod while five are from Palakkad. The missing girls have not been named as accused.
On Tuesday, the Union Home Ministry had issued an order to hand over the investigation of the cases filed by police in Kasargod and Palakkad districts in this regard to NIA.
However, the order has no mention of a similar case registered in Kochi. The case will be probed by a team headed by NIA Kochi Branch SP Rahul.
It is believed that 21 persons from the Palakkad and Kasargod districts have reached IS hotbeds. The relatives of those went missing from Kasargod have received information of their presence in Afghanistan while others from Palakkad reached Syria vis Tehran.
The NIA will file petitions at courts in respective districts demanding that the local police should hand over all documents related to the cases.
It is expected that a 10-member team has been deputed to probe the cases. The order about the members of the team will be issued soon. The NIA had drafted a report after conducting a preliminary enquiry in the cases registered in two districts.
As part of the investigation, the NIA officials will visit both the districts soon.
The Kochi police had submitted an affidavit in court stating that Mumbai natives Arshi Qureshi and Rizwan Khan, who were arrested for alleged radicalisation, have IS links. Meanwhile, sources said the NIA is unlikely to probe this case.