Kasargod resident receives pro-IS message on WhatsApp, NIA begins probe

Geronimo Vena
Mag 9, 2017

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) team probing the case against suspected IS members from Kerala has stumbled upon a WhatsApp group operating from Afghanistan communicating with certain people in Kasargod. The police in turn brought this to the notice of NIA through state top brass. The messages also said that the NIA had no clue on the happenings in the terror outfit. When he asked the administrator though a message as to what the motive of the group was, he was sent a pro-IS message based on which he lodged the complaint.

Kasargod came under close scrutiny after at least 20 young men and women left India to join Islamic State in Afghanistan in 2015. NIA has started probe on the complaint.

As per the NIA statement, the group was formed by a Kasargod resident Abdul Rashid who led 21 persons in Afghanistan.

In one of the voice messages, a man identified himself as Abdul Rashid, one of the 22 people who were reported missing from Kerala in 2016 and had reportedly joined the IS and shifted to the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. "It is possible the group was formed to seek clarification about the conditions and virtues of life in IS after reports of US MOAB attack at IS held territory in Afghanistan", the officer said.

Mastan said he was added to the group without his permission and knowledge.

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan had past year informed the state assembly that 21 people - 17 from Kasargode district and four from Palakkad district - were missing. He claimed to have received the message on Saturday in a group where he was added as one of the 200 members.

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