The Central arm to counter terrorism, National Investigation Agency (NIA) has come out with startling charges that the Kerala police failed in taking action against possible terror attacks despite having provided details.
The agency, as part of a swoop down on IS activists in Kerala after the serial blasts in Sri Lanka on Easter, claimed it had passed on vital information to the State police on the probability of suicide bombings across Kerala.
The State had become a nerve centre for recruitment to IS. There have been several instances of youngsters and families, including children, being recruited to IS and taken to Dubai and from there to Yemen and Afghanistan.
Two groups were engaged in this and were led by Kasaragod natives Mohammed Sajjad and Mohammed Rashid. The two had through voice messages asked its supporters in Kerala to carry out blasts way back in 2017. These details, according to NIA, were passed on to the local police. They had recruited around 20 people from Kerala and had planned a major attack in Kochi. The modus operandi was to have a suicide bomber drive a vehicle straight into a public gathering in Kochi. Though this failed, state police failed to take up leads for further investigation, NIA sources said. NIA has over the last few days taken into custody four members who were part for the IS module.
Early this week it arrested Faisal Hameed on his arrival at Kochi airport from Qatar. The three others in NIA custody are Abubaker Siddiqui and Ahmed Arafat from Kasaragod. On interrogation, NIA the next day arrested Riyas Aboobacker from Palakkad. He is said to have told NIA that IS was planning a series of suicide attacks and he was out on a mission to recruit youths to IS. He is also said to have confessed that he was mentally ready to be a suicide bomber.