Kannur: This week, five men with suspected links to the Islamic State terror group were arrested from Kannur in Kerala.
According to the information that the five men were linked to the Popular Front of India (PFI).
The development establishes the links between the ISIS and the PFI. While Hamza aka Taliban Hamza and Manaf were picked up on Thursday, Mithilaj, Abdul Razzak and Rashid were arrested on Wednesday.
The investigation team has confirmed that the five men had links with the PFI.
In fact, Hamza and Manaf were responsible for recruiting people and sending them to Syria.
The police is also looking for one Abu Abdullah who was acting as a link between the ISIS in Syria and the men who are recruited here.
Kannur district Deputy Superintendent of Police P P Sadananandan had said earlier that Hamza had has strong connections with the ISIS’s high command.
“He was behind the recruitment of youths from the state for ISIS… He had worked in Gulf countries for more than 20 years,” Sadananandan said.
About six months ago, Manaf was prevented by authorities at Mangalore airport from leaving the country, the official said.
All the five suspects were put under surveillance for the last months, he said.
The accused have been charged under sections 38 and 39 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
The National Investigation Agency has been probing cases of disappearance of at least 21 people who had left Kerala under mysterious circumstances over a period of time and are suspected to have joined the ISIS.