Missing Keralites suspected to have reached Teheran
New Delhi: Immigration documents reveal that the 21 missing Keralites who disappeared under suspecting circumstances have reached Teheran, the capital of Iran. This information was revealed verifying the passport details and it is assumed that many persons from across Kerala who went missing have left for Teheran. The journeys have been undertaken during May and June via a travel agency. Investigating officials said that these persons would have proceeded to join the Islamic State.
All of them left on different dates from different cities in India between May and June to different Gulf cities on tourist visas.
Those who left from Kerala were well aware of their destinations, it is learnt. The first batch of two members left India on May 24 by the Bengaluru-Kuwait flight. This was followed by the second batch of three members who left by the Mumbai-Muscat flight on May 31 and the third team left India via the Mumbai Dubai flight on June 2.
Three members left on June 3 and June 5 by the Hyderabad-Muscat and the Mumbai-Dubai flight. The other persons have left on June 16, 19 and on July 5. Out of the 21 missing persons from Kerala, 19 persons are suspected to have joined the IS and have proceeded to Syria from Teheran. But confirmed reports on this is yet to be received.
Of the 21 missing Keralites, 17 belonged to Kasargod and 4 from Palakkad. These persons were from Christian and Hindu communities and have converted to Islam a year back. Some Keralites have contacted their family members via voice mail. They informed their family that they are in an interior part of a country.
RAW is holding a probe into the matter and the National Investigation Agency has taken over probe after the State police registered cases under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.
“This is a very serious issue and it needs more clarity. Terrorism has no religion. Extremist activities cannot be attributed to any particular religion,” Pinarayi Vijayan said.