600 missing in Kerala: Love Jihad, ISIS and drug trafficking suspected
There are 648 persons missing in Kerala since the year 2012. The police have not been able to crack these cases as a result of which the central agencies have stepped in.
Sources in the Intelligence Bureau say that out of the 648 who are missing 297 are women. While not all cases are suspicious in nature, central agencies do not rule out the possibility of many having joined foreign terrorist outfits.
Kerala has had a notorious history with terrorism and have often been termed as the feeder. Only recently 22 persons went missing from the state only to be found in Afghanistan in Islamic State territory.
Terrorism however is not the only issue in the case of these missing persons. Authorities have also been told that some of them could have even been sentenced to death in the Gulf on charges of drug trafficking. Such information is not forthcoming since most of these traffickers travel on fake passports and hence their relatives get no information about them.
The recent problem to haunt Kerala is that of Love Jihad. The NIA which is probing one such case says that it may not be an isolated one. It appears to be a sustained and coordinated racket involving a large number of people from the state.
With over 648 persons missing and the Kerala police finding no answers, central agencies will now look to Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. These missing cases have been reported between 2012 and 2017 and the police have not been able to trace these persons.