KANNUR: The Kerala police on Thursday arrested a man reputed to be the kingpin of Islamic State’s recruitment in the state. U K Hamsa, known as Taliban Hamsa, was detained in Kannur along with a recruit Manaf Rahman (42) of Thalasserri.
K Hamsa (57) hails from Kuzhippangad in Thalasserri. A cook by profession, he was popularly known as ‘Biriyani Hamsa’.
Three other IS-linked people were nabbed by the Kerala police on Wednesday.
The five men would be produced in the District Principal Sessions Court in Kannur later Thursday.
Manaf Rahman was under surveillance since he was sent back from the Mangalore airport six months ago while trying to make his way to Syria to join the Islamic State, police sources said. It was Hamsa who lured Manaf into joining the IS, they said.
Kannur deputy superintendent of police Sadanandan said Taliban Hamsa was the mastermind of IS activities in the Malabar region.