Kerala youth deported for ISIS links let off after questioning
Thiruvananthapuram, Sept 16: Finding no direct link with the ISIS, the four persons who were questioned after being deported from Dubai, UAE have been let off. On Tuesday, Sept 15 four persons were detained in Kerala on being deported from the UAE for alleged links with the ISIS [4 ISIS sympathizers deported to Kerala from UAE]
The UAE had decided to deport these persons after it was found that they were posting material on their social media accounts appearing to be in favour of the ISIS. It was also alleged that they were in touch with some persons in Syria.
No case booked
The four youth were questioned by both the Central and state agencies for several hours. However during the questioning nothing was found which linked them to the ISIS.
A senior Kerala police official informed OneIndia that these four persons were questioned for several hours. However nothing concrete was found on them which could link them with the ISIS.
"We have let them off, but have decided to keep a watch. They told us during the questioning that they were only curious about the ISIS but had nothing to do with the outfit. They also said that it was their curiosity which led them to speaking with two persons who were in Syria," the official said.
Two other persons who were deported earlier this month were also let off by the police. On questioning these two persons both the central and state agencies found nothing linking them to the ISIS.
Four more persons expected to be deported
The UAE is expected to deport four more persons to Kerala. It was found that there were 11 persons in all who formed part of a group. The investigations in the UAE suggested that these persons were in touch with some youth in Syria and they were also posting propaganda material on their social media accounts.
The Kerala government made it clear yesterday that none of these persons had any cases booked against them in the state.
The questioning was a routine procedure. The NIA has shown interest in questioning these persons and we will take a call on whether to rope in the NIA or not, government sources also said.