Nimisha Fathima, other Keralites among 5,000 prisoners freed by Taliban
Kabul: After taking control of Afghanistan, the Taliban have released over 5,000 prisoners in Badam Bagh and Pul-e-Charkhi jails in Kabul, reports said. Most of the prisoners belong to the Taliban and Al Qaeda groups.
According to intelligence reports, eight Keralites, including Nimisha Fathima, who had left for Afghanistan to join IS, were also there among the released prisoners. These prisoners were nabbed and jailed by Afghan forces during a fight. As many as 21 Indians had reportedly gone to Afghan in a similar manner. According to Intelligence reports, these prisoners may return to India. Indian govt has beefed up security across the ports and the borders in the context of this development.
Nimisha had left India in 2016 to join IS with her husband Bexin. Later, Bexin was killed in an attack and she was jailed by the army.Though the Afghan government was willing to repatriate the Indians, including Nimisha, the Indian government decided not to bring them back considering national security.
Nimisha's mother Bindu has submitted a petition in Kerala High Court seeking to direct the central and state governments to take measures to bring back Nimisha and her daughter Ummukulsu. She has also pleaded for transferring the guardianship of the child to her.
Prisoners leaving Kabul jail after being broken out by Taliban. pic.twitter.com/B84F2UrtEA— Richard Engel (@RichardEngel) August 15, 2021