KANNUR:The Kerala Police on Wednesday made a major breakthrough in busting yet another Kerala-based Islamic State module by arresting three persons, who have been into alleged IS activities in Kerala after they failed to enter Syria through Turkey four months back to join the IS.
The arrested were Midhilaj K C (26) of Munderi, Kannur, Abdul Razack K V (24) of Chekkikkulam, Mayyil, and Raashid M V (23) of Chakkarakkallu, Kannur. The accused were arrested by Kannur DySP P P Sadanandan and they were booked under Section 38 and 39 of UAPA Act.
Sadanandan said there would be more arrests in the coming days and two more persons were already under police surveillance. Police were trailing the activities of the arrested after they returned to Kannur four months ago. It was the Turkey police which detained them while attempting to cross over to Syria.
Sadanandan said the accused were duly sent back to India by the Turkey police and the accused reached Mumbai from where they came back to Kannur. “It’s suspected they might have received IS training during their stay in Istanbul on their way to Syria. The three opted for different routes to enter to Syria. While Midhilaj chose the Sharjah-Iran-Turkey route, Abdhul Razack chose the Dubai-Iran-Turkey route and Rashid opted for the Malaysia-Iran-Turkey route,” the officer said adding the three have links with Popular Front of India.
The arrest has once again brought to the fore the rising influence of IS among the Muslim youth, especially in Kannur and Kasargod districts. As per police records, 21 youths from Kasargod and 15 from Kannur have joined the IS so far. Reports say 15 people from Kerala were killed in Syria of which four were from Kasargod and five from Kannur.
Kerala Police have unearthed various social media profiles and blog accounts of the IS suspects which are being widely used to attract youth to the IS.
“The network of IS runs deep in Kerala from blogs to recruiting individuals. Shajeer Mangalasserri, who is reportedly killed in Afghanistan, was the main operator of the now- defunct blog ‘Al Muhajirood'. There is another blog titled ‘Gussway Hind’," the officer said.
Police are also on the lookout for Hamsa, aka Biriyani Hamsa, a native of Thalasserri for his alleged role in recruiting individuals to IS. According to police, he is now the kingpin of the IS operations in Kerala, especially in Malabar region.