New Delhi, Aug 8: The Kerala Police have put 19 persons under the radar after it has been learnt that they had attended a camp which was aimed at recruiting people into the ISIS. Already 21 people have gone off the radar and it has been suspected that they may have joined the ISIS.
Further the police have also learnt that it is a module in Kabul headed by one Abdul Rashid which is radicalising people from Kerala and so far 40 people have fallen into this trap.
The arrest of Yasmin Ahmad, a 28-year-old school teacher has given the police more details on the missing persons. When interrogated she told the police a camp had been held and a person by the name Abdul Rashid had indoctrinated 40 people.
Yasmin, who along with her child were attempting to go to Kabul, was arrested in Delhi last week. It was said that she was on her way to Kabul where she would join Rashid. The police also found that an amount of Rs 2 lakh had been deposited into her account.
Yasmin has been non-cooperative
Following her arrest in Delhi, she was taken by the Kerala Police. During her questioning she has been vague and adamant, a police officer informed. "She tells us to prove what offense she has committed. Is going to Kabul to perform a religious duty an offense," she asks the police.
The police have however learnt that Yasmin was born and brought up in Saudi Arabia. She had come to Kerala three years back with her husband. She then took up teaching the Peace International School in Malappuram.
At the school she met Rashid. She and her husband are said to have interacted with him. Rashid would come to the school often under the pretext of training the teachers. Rashid during his interaction with the teachers would read out material put out by the ISIS.
Recruiting from Kabul
The police have learnt that Rashid left for Afghanistan and urged several people including Yasmin to join him. Intelligence Bureau officials say that Rashid is currently in Kabul and has been assigned the responsibility of recruiting people from Kerala.
"We suspect that the ISIS has a full fledged module in Afghanistan and Rashid is the leading the same. His focus has been entirely on people from Kerala and so far he has managed radicalise nearly 40 persons. Most of these persons have been recruited from the Kasargod belt which borders Karnataka," police officials say.
The police say that they are on the lookout for more such persons and in the days to come many more would be under the scanner.