‘Islamic State module’ in Kerala: Engineering dropout, graphic artist among 6

The six were produced before a special court in Kochi on Monday and sent to the NIA’s custody until October 12.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: October 4, 2016 5:56 pm
is kerala, kerala islamic state, kerala isis, islamic state, isis, muslim extremists, muslim extremists kerala, islamic extremists kerala, kerala nia, kerala news The six men, suspected to have IS links, were produced before a special court in Kochi on Monday. (Source: PTI)

A GRAPHIC artist with a right-wing local newspaper, a Malayalee working in Oman for the last five years and an engineering student who dropped out are among the six members of the alleged Islamic State (IS) module busted in Kerala on Sunday, who are suspected to have been engaged in propagating the terror group’s ideology, according to NIA.

The six were produced before a special court in Kochi on Monday and sent to the NIA’s custody until October 12.

 

NIA sources said the suspects have been active on social media using fake identities and profiles. “They used to frequently change names of social media groups to escape attention of security agencies,” a source said. “In Telegram messenger, the latest name adopted by the group was ‘kudumbam’ (family).”

Among the arrested, P Safwan, 30, was a graphic designer with Malayalam daily Thejas, the mouthpiece of right-wing Muslim outfit Popular Front of India (PFI).

Last year, security agencies had found that Abu Thahir, one of the 17 Indians suspected to have joined the IS, had also worked with Thejas in Palakkad for a short period before moving to the Gulf.

 

According to information, Safwan lived with his wife, two children and mother Kunhili at Ponmudam in Malappuram. Local people said he was active in SDPI, the political arm of PFI. Reacting to her son’s arrest, Kunhili said she has left everything to God.

NIA sources said Manseed, 30, who hails from Panur, where the meeting was held, was known as the group’s leader. Manseed, who worked as an office assistant in Qatar, came home on leave on Friday and reportedly organised Sunday’s meeting.

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“Manseed came from a lower-middle class family and had led a quiet life in his village. His father is a hotel employee in Bengaluru. He went to West Asia some five years ago and had never shown any political affiliation…we are all shocked,’’ said a local leader, P Hareendran.

Two other suspects — Jassim N K and Ramshad N K — hail from Kuttiadi in Kozhikode and are cousins. An engineering dropout from Cochin University of Science and Technology, Jassim subsequently went to Bengaluru and reportedly attended multiple coaching classes to take different examinations. NIA officials said he reached home Saturday morning to attend the meeting.

Ramshad, a BCom graduate, is engaged in odd jobs at Kuttiadi. He hadn’t taken part in the “secret meeting” and was arrested from his home based on information gathered from the others.

The fifth person, Swalih Muhammed has been settled in Chennai for several years and worked with a private firm, said NIA
sources. He hails from Chelakkara in Thrissur district, where residents said Swalih had left after Class XII and frequently visited his family in Kerala.

The sixth accused, Abu Basheer, is from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

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    Mahender Goriganti
    Feb 26, 2017 at 4:09 pm
    Don't what to see, hear about masked faces or hear about any such. Simple make them disappear, when the noise form the family and some political parties we know you did an excellent job.
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      Mahender Goriganti
      Feb 26, 2017 at 4:11 pm
      why is this pig still alive??
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        indian
        Oct 4, 2016 at 2:56 am
        Funny that their relatives are always shocked and surprised.
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          George
          Oct 4, 2016 at 4:16 am
          I suppose Hindu radicals are responsible for all the problems of Muslims kiIIing Muslims in 70 Muslim cointries, in Belgium in France in Bali all the places you jihadi attakced?
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            MyTake
            Oct 4, 2016 at 6:42 am
            Just catching is not enough. Have to shut the pipe line off and that is all maddra curriculum should be Govt. approved.
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              Ashok Sankaran
              Oct 5, 2016 at 7:14 am
              Islamic radicals in Kerala are born against Hindu radicals- funny, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Indonesia, stan, Bangladesh etc etc etc etc etc are all full of Malayalee Nairs
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                IslamForFooools
                Oct 4, 2016 at 12:13 am
                Educated or uneducated, rich or poor, MUSLIMS ARE MUSLIMS, they can never learn to be humans, as their satanic cult taught only satanism.
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                  IslamForFooools
                  Oct 4, 2016 at 12:14 am
                  Media goes very soft on even ISlamic ISIS terrorists but when hindus even thrash someone for hurting religion, media will punish hindus more than Islamic terrorists. HINDUS MUST PUNISH MEDIA PERSONNELS
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