The National Investigation Agency's (NIA) swoop down on those having links with terror organisations like IS in the backdrop of the Easter blast series in Sri Lanka has seen a few youth in Kerala find their way to the list of accused plotting terror strikes. Two youths nabbed earlier from Kasaragod and one recently from Karunagappally have been added to the list of accused. Another youth nabbed from Palakkad is also in the list.
The arrest and their being charged assumes significance as the Lankan authorities had said that the terrorists involved in the Easter Sunday attacks in Colombo had links with some of the terrorists in South India and had made visits here. Muhammed Faisal of Karunagappally and Aboobacker Siddique and Ahamed Arafat of Kasaragod were produced in the court by the NIA. The three were active in trying to propagate and strengthen IS-related activities in the country, especially in Kerala. NIA claimed it had strong and concrete evidence on a plan that was to be executed by them.
Earlier, NIA collected significant information backed with digital evidence from Riyas Abubakar of Palakkad. He had links with Thowheed Jamath which was close to IS. NIA is keeping track on those who had chatted with Riyas on FB and other social media platforms. A camp of youths committed to IS activities and terror-related strikes was said to have been convened under the leadership of Riyas in Tamil Nadu some time ago.