15 youths from Kerala go missing, kin fear they might have joined ISIS
The mysterious disappearance of 15 youths from Kasaragod and Palakkad districts of Kerala have triggered suspicions whether they have joined ISIS. Families of those who have reportedly gone missing, after travelling to Middle East for religious studies, suspect that they have been radicalized by the terror outfit.
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has directed the police to start looking into the case, Kasaragod MP P. Karunakaran said.
Kasaragod district panchayat member VPP Mustafa said during Eid, the parents of those who have gone missing got a “Whatsapp” message saying that they have reached “where there is Divine rule.”
“We are not coming back. Here there is Divine Rule. You also should join us,” the message reads.
He also said the veracity of the message has to be checked.
Thrikarippur MLA M Rajagopalan said that all those missing are below the age of 30.
Hafeesuddin from Padanna in Kasaragod who had gone to Sri Lanka for religious studies, last month sent a text message to his family from an Afghanistan number, saying they won’t see him again.
Hakim, father of Hafesuddin told some television channels that he had left the family one month ago.
“If he returns as a good man, I will welcome him. If not, I do not want to see even his dead body,” he said.
There are 12 others missing from Trikkaripur, Kasaragod, while a couple from Palakkad is also believed to have joined them.
“First we have to verify things and it’s being done,” state police chief Loknath Behra said on Saturday, when asked about the reports about the missing persons.
Behra gave no other details about the police inquiry, urging, “Do not ask questions at this stage”.
He also said: “I am unable to divulge any further details and you have to check with central agencies if they are doing anything on this.”