As many as 15 Keralite muslim youth, including five women, are missing and fear that they might have joined the ISIS, according to relatives.
The youths belonged to the villages of Padanna and Thrikkaripur in Kasargod district of Kerala. Kasargod borders with Karnataka and has a sizeable Muslim population.
However, Reacting to the incident, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday has said it is a serious matter and has directed the Kerala police to verify details and alert the central police agencies.
On Friday, P Karunakaran, MP from Kasaragod, had met Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan seeking a probe and said the family members of missing people told him that the youths had left for Middle East a month ago stating that they were going for religious studies but for the last one month, their families had no communication from them and so they were suspicious, he said.
Kasaragod District Panchayat member V P P Mustafa said that during Eid, the parents of two missing youths received ‘Whatsapp’ messages saying “we are not coming back. Here there is Divine Rule. You also should join us”.”We have joined IS to fight US for attacking Muslims”, read another message, he said adding the veracity of the messages has to be checked.
Hakim, father of Hafesuddin who is among those missing from Kasaragod, told media that his son had left a month ago and there was no news from him.”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.