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Kerala police reach Vellore to probe IS links of VIT student

A special police team Kerala has conducted inquiries at a private engineering college in Vellore about a 22-year-old youth from Kerala who allegedly joined the Islamic State.

Published: 26th September 2017 03:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th September 2017 07:25 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

VELLORE:A special police team Kerala has conducted inquiries at a private engineering college in Vellore about a 22-year-old youth from Kerala who allegedly joined the Islamic State.
Abdul Najeeb, a M Tech student of VIT, went to his native village in Malappuram district, Kerala in the first of August. Later, on August 11 he left his house to return to the college. He had booked ticket to Katpadi in Thiruvananthapuram- Hyderabad express train.

However, he did not get down at Katpadi and instead went to Hyderabad, from where he allegedly flew to Iran. The youth allegedly joined the banned Islamic State organisation, banned in Iran as well, and he communicated the same to his mother through text messages.
Acting on a missing complaint lodged by Najeeb’s mother, Kerala police formed a special investigation team. The team visited the college recently and conducted inquiries.

Police personnel attached to various intelligence wings told Express that the alleged role of people in Vellore who influenced the youth to take such a decision was yet to be investigated since he stayed here only for a short period of time. “The probe by Kerala police also revealed that the youth had completed his under graduation in Iran. He also studied a few other courses,” said sources attached to the Special Investigation Unit of Tamil Nadu Police.

Sources added that the youth did not have any close friends in the college.  “An inquiry is being conducted to study the forces that influenced him at his home land, college and Iran.  If any evidence is found that he was influenced by some persons in Vellore, further investigation will be conducted in that angle by the National Investigation Agency.”

To Iran via Hyderabad

Abdul Najeeb, a M Tech student, went to his native villªge in Malappuram district in the first of August. Later, on August 11 he left his house to return to the college. He had booked ticket to Katpadi. However, he did not get down at Katpadi and instead went to Hyderabad, from where he allegedly flew to Iran. The youth allegedly joined Islamic State organisation, and he communicated the same to his mother through text messages.



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