Kochi, July 14: In Kerala, 21 people are said to be missing (17 from Kasargod and four from Palakkad) and it is being suspected that they might have joined the Islamic terror group ISIS.
As the state government has inititated investigation to know about their whereabouts, one of the missing woman has reportedly contacted her family. As concerned families approached police, a team of 27-member led by a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) has been formed to trace them.
According to media reports, Rifaila, wife of Dr Ijas from Padanna village in Kasargod, contacted her father through an Internet call on Sunday, July 10 and told her family that she had gone in search of a job and had not joined any terror outfit.
She also informed him that she has got a job and is looking for an accommodation. The couple is also carrying their one-and-half-year-old son alongwith them.
However, she did not disclose from where she was making the call. After her call, her family informed the investigating team and they are trying to trace her location via the IP address, as it was an internet call.
A report published in Indian Express said that one of the missing person is in Afghanistan and other one is hiding in India.
Five out 21 persons had converted to Islam last year, the report added.
Out of 17 missing persons, six are women- four from Kasargod and two from Palakkad. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is probing the mysterious case.
Who are missing?
Nimisha alias Fathima
Merlin alias Mariyam
Issa and Yahiya - brothers married to Nimisha and Merlin
Sonia alias Ayisha
Abdul Rasheed (Sonia's husband)
2-year-old Sara (Sonia & Abdul's daughter)
Dr Ijas (Rifaila's husband)
Their 1 and half year old son
2 youths who were working in Qatar and Abu Dhabi