Kannur/Kochi: Islamic state module in Kerala has been identified to be a thirty member strong trained group actively recruiting youth for terror activities. The group named 'Ansar ul- Khalifa,' has been under the watch of intelligence and NIA for some time now has also been planning terror operations in the state.
The group had planned to crash drive a lorry into the Jamaat-e-Islami conference that was held at Kochi. The failure of this plan is what opened the doors to the NIA to track down and arrest them. The team had also planned the assassination of four senior officers in the state including an SP rank officer.
They have active support from two scholars in Kannur. They have also been found to have a direct role in the migration of Malayalees who had purportedly crossed the troubled borders to join the IS. The group carried out the indoctrination campaign through around ten groups on different social media networks all of which are under NIA scanner presently.
Umar al Hindi alias Mansid who was arrested from Kanakamala at Kannur the other day was the administrator of one of these groups. The members of the group are known to have moved into terror activities around eight months ago through social media discussions. Mansid led the group on Telegram under the codename Sameer Ali. The members have been found to be former classmates at Coimbatore too.
The breakthrough happened when some of the NIA officers managed to become a part of the group using code names. The group had also discussed the attack on the Jamaat conference over the same group. The operation was called off following suspicion regarding a mole in the group. The group then fell silent all of a sudden. Thereafter, the suspicious group members decided to meet in person at Kanakamala which was snooped upon by the NIA leading to their arrests.
The team was already at Koyilandi when they received confirmation that the mobile phones were all under the Kanakamala tower. The team sped to the spot arresting five of the assembled members. Thereafter they arrested another one person from Kuttiyadi and another two from Coimbatore.
IS literature in Arabic has been found translated into Malayalam. The NIA team proceeded with the arrests only after they confirmed the terror links of the suspects. Two Malayalees are in the Bahrain jail for alleged IS connections. These people have also been found to be members of the group in Kerala. The first lot of Malayalees who migrated to IS were apparently from Valapattanam at Kannur and Thalassery. Thereafter people from Kasargod had also migrated into the IS.