Bengaluru, Aug 13: Intelligence Bureau officials are keeping a close watch on the Karnataka-Kerala border in the wake of an increased ISIS related activity. The Kerala police while investigating an ISIS related case had found that a large number of those who went missing were from Kasargod which borders Karnataka.
IB officials have told police officials to keep a watch on the activities of such elements and have also warned that the same could spill into Karwar and Mangaluru. Karnataka Home Minister, Dr G Parameshwar too said that directions were issued to maintain heightened vigil ahead of the Independence Day celebrations.
Spill over into Karnataka
IB officials warn that with activity relating to the ISIS being reported from Kasargod, there are a lot of chances of it spilling into neighbouring Karnataka state. Modules of the ISIS which have been flourishing in Kerala are likely to find its way into Karnataka as well, officials say.
Karnataka is not new to the ISIS menace. During a nation wide crack down undertaken by the National Investigation Agency in the month of December 2015, several people owing allegiance to the ISIS had been arrested.
Intelligence Bureau officials say that Karnataka has been a state vulnerable to radicalisation. The problem relating to the ISIS is growing with each passing day and its members would look to expand into the entire nation.
Moreover Karnataka and Kerala have found a common link where activities of terror are concerned. In fact it was a Kerala module headed by T Nasir that carried out the Bengaluru serial blasts, officials point out.