In connection with the ISIS (Islamic State) recruitment case, three Keralites have been held. The arrested ones have been identified as Mohammad Amin, Mohammad Anuwar and Dr Rahis Rashid. They were held during the search operations that happened in 11 places, including eight places in Kerala, across the country.
According to reports, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) raids in Kerala were linked to the connections of arrested Mohammad Amin. The NIA officials reportedly said that under Amin's leadership, ISIS has spread ideas through social media platforms and even planned to kill some persons. The investigating agency has so far charged seven people in connection with the case.
On Monday, the NIA had conducted raids at Malappuram, Kasaragod, Kannur, and Kollam and in Jaffrabad in Delhi and Bangalore. During the raid, the officials have recovered several items including a laptop, mobile phone, SIM cards, pen drives and several documents relating to the ISIS connection.
Earlier, the National Investigation Agency had conducted searches at the houses of seven fugitive Keralites in Thrissur over the suspicion that they are members of a terror group named Jund Al Aqsa in Syria. The NIA officials conducted raids at the houses of Mohammed Faaz, Mohammed Ihthisham, Abdul Sameeh, Rayeez Rehiman, Nabeel Mohammed, Mohamed Shaheen, and Mohammed Ameer simultaneously.
According to reports, the raids were carried out in connection with the ISIS funding case. Several youngsters from Kerala between the age group of 18-22 have been recruited into ISIS. The groups that had funded ISIS recruitments in Kerala belonged to various fundamental organisations. Earlier, in September, the probe agency had raided several locations in Kerala, West Bengal and arrested nine people linked with the Al Qaeda.