Kerala, ISIS and the Gulf: The connection is back again
Bengaluru, Oct 6: For several years the Intelligence Bureau has been saying that the radicalisation of some Muslims in Kerala is directly connected to the Gulf. This fact has resurfaced yet again following the arrest of six people suspected to be part of an ISIS module in Kerala.
Investigators have stumbled upon a blog called Muhajirun which puts up pro-ISIS content. The blog is regularly updated and while following the author's trail, the same led up to Gulf. Investigators say that there are a group of boys in the Middle East who are regularly updating the blog.
Investigators suspect that this blog has been instrumental in the radicalisation of several youth in both Kerala and Tamil Nadu. On this blog, there are articles praising the ISIS and its agenda. Further articles such as True Jihad and Growing atrocities on Muslims can also be found on this blog.
Hunt for missing youth
After the Gulf connection resurfaced, the police in Kerala are now drawing up a fresh list. The list would include those people who have gone missing from Kerala and are suspected to be holed up in the Gulf. Once such a list is prepared the police are likely to seek their deportation.
Only recently the Kerala police had reported that nearly 23 people had gone missing from Kerala. These people who left Kerala in batches are suspected to have joined an ISIS module in Afghanistan. The case has, however, hit a road block as no fresh leads have emerged.
The police also say that the bigger worry that has cropped up now is that it is the educated youth who are drawn towards the ideology of the ISIS. There is a heavy Wahhabi ideology influx into Kerala and this has become a major concern.
Money from the Gulf is being pumped into the state to spread this dreaded ideology, the police also say.