More details emerge about Kozhikode native behind IS recruitment
Kozhikode: The key suspect behind the recruitment of Indian men to the terror outfit of Islamic State (IS) is reported to be a Kozhikode native Sajeer Mangalachari Abdullah (35). This Moozhikal native had recruited 21 people from Kerala for training, said the National Investigation Agency (NIA). He was earlier a SDPI activist and studied at the Kozhikode NIT.
Sajeer maintained contacts with persons who were recruited to the IS through a app called `Telegram’. The NIA is yet to ascertain if IS, which functions from Syria, have entrusted Sajeer on any tasks or if they have contacts with him. The NIA has launched extensive search to nab Sajeer who is reported to be hiding in Afghanistan.
The Intelligence Bureau has found that Sajeer was using a forged name Sameer Ali and conducted IS-backed activities. This has been conveyed to the NIA. Sajeer’s family too were religious fundamentalists.
Sajeer who completed his civil engineering from the Kozhikode NIT in 2002, left for Saudi in 2004. Sajeer had renewed his passport in 2014 from Kozhikode passport office. He finished his schooling from a school in Sulthan Bathery and his father was a driver at KSRTC. His father passed away 10 years back and he has 2 sisters and a brother. When he began his graduation studies at NIT, Sajeer had shifted to Moozhikal from Wayanad.
His family members say whenever he visits his hometown during holidays he does not mingle much with the family. The state Intelligence wing has found that Sajeer was a dynamic activist in SDPI and was greatly involved in the activities of its Facebook page `SDPI Keralam’.
Sajeer is alleged to have recruited educated professionals and the NIA has in possession the telegram messages communicated between them.