Kerala ISIS youth were planning big South Indian strike
The investigation being conducted following the three suspected Islamic State operatives from Kerala has revealed that they were planning on targeting prominent places and personalities in South India.
Sources say that these persons had hatched up a plan and were in the process of collecting explosives in a bid to carry out major strikes in South Indian states.
Official sources said the suspects, identified as Rasheed, Razzaq and Mithilaj, were stationed in Turkey and were trying to enter Syria when they were intercepted by Turkish authorities and deported to India.
All three are natives of Chakkarakkal in Kannur. The Valapattanam police recorded their arrest in the evening.
P P Sadanandan, Kannur deputy superintendent of police, said the arrested men had lived in Istanbul for four months.
Police sources said that even after the arrests, "claims" had surfaced in jihadi propaganda groups on social media that another unit was actively pursuing the plan.