NIA to spread net for Keralites returning from IS
Karippur: A high security alert has been issued at airports, as the Indian youth including Keralites who joined Islamic State may return after the IS continues to lose grip over Iraq. NIA has launched an extensive investigation on ‘IS recruit’ after a man from Kannur held in New Delhi with suspected IS links.
Shahjahan Velluva (32), from Kannur in Kerala, was taken into custody from Delhi Airport on Wednesday by the Special Cell following information from US Intelligence Agency CIA. There are reports that IS-joined Indian youth may use forged documents to return the country.
The NIA has directed the Immigration departments at airports across the country to remain on high alert. The NIA had already sent the list of those who left the country to join IS. The list includes 183 youth from Kerala in which 95 are in Namgarhar, Afghan and rest are suspected to be at Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.
Among the Keralites in the list, 88 are from Kasragod, 33 from Kannur, 28 from Malappuram, 19 from Kozhikode, six from Kollam and five from Palakkad. The NIA has revised the list including those who went missing after reaching Gulf countries.
Following NIA warning, the Intelligence Bureau has issued a ‘Red-corner notice’ to the immigration departments at the airports across the country. Besides, Indian embassies in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran and UAE have been told to remain on high alert while issuing documents especially to those who lost passports.
It must be noted that Subahani Haji of Thodupuzha in Kerala, had returned from Syria in 2015 and worked as IS agent till he was arrested in 2016 by NIA.