Fifteen missing Keralaites feared to have joined IS

Kasargode: In a recent incident, around 15 Muslims from Kerala have supposedly gone missing from the Middle East where they had gone some days back for pilgrimage. Among the fifteen are 5 women.

As per reports, the missing includes five married couple and one of them has a 2-year-old child. Out of the fifteen, 11 are from Padana and Trikaripur in Kasargod whereas the other four are from Palakkad district.

Relatives of the missing in her statement to a daily said that they that all of them have joined the terror outfit ISIS. Some of the relatives also said that last week they received messages which read that those missing have reached the place of ‘divine rule…Islamic State’. Also, one of the mobile numbers from which the message has been received, had the country code of Afghanistan, whereas the other message was received from near the border of Syria.

Looking into the matter, P Karunakaran, MP from Kasaragod, met Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and demanded an investigation in the same.

Talking about the missing 15 Muslims, a source close to the development said, “It was only last week that we came to know that these missing persons knew one other. They are all educated youths, a few of them engineering and medical graduates. Some of them had worked in the Gulf and Bangalore before. They had never been associated with any political or religious organisation. But, over the last two years, they had turned orthodox, with the men sporting long beards.”

As of now, the Kerala DGP Lokanath Behera said that no conclusion on their whereabouts can be reached for now as if they return after some days it would be a case of blunder.