How NIA unearthed a major ISIS plot in Kerala

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Trivandrum: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) revealed a plot by the Islamic State to kill Hindu leaders and prominent personalities in Kerala. An Islamic State module from Kanakamala in Kannur had conspired and conducted preparations to target prominent persons including Judges of High Court, political leaders and senior police officers, the NIA stated in a chargesheet.

The chargesheet was filed against Moinudheen P K alias Moinudheen Parakadavath who was deported from United Arab Emirates few months ago. The 25-year-old Moinudheen, a native of Kanhangad, Kasargod was closely associated with Shajeer Managalassery, a native of Kozhikode, suspected to be killed in Afghanistan.

Moinudheen along with Shajeer moved to Mashhad in Iran on their way to join the IS territory in Afghanistan. But Moinu-dheen returned to UAE with the intention of the guiding IS activities in India based out of UAE. In the Telegram Group used by the IS supporters for communication Moinudheen has assumed the name of Ibnu Abu Al Indonesi. The UAE police had intercepted Moinudheen following the tip-off provided by NIA. He was later deported to India on request of NIA.

The accused in the first charge sheet included Manseed, native of Thalassery, Swalih Mohammed, native of Chelad, Rashid Ali native of Coimbatore, Ramshad N K, Kuttiadi, Safvam of Tirur, Jasim N K of Kuttiadi, Shajeer Mangalassery, Kozhikode and Subahani Haja of Thodupuzha. NIA officials have conducted raids in Alapuzha and Coimbatore few days ago on the suspicion that IS module still remained active.

Forensic analysis of digital devices including mobile phones, tablet PCs and storage media recovered from the accused persons has revealed that the ISIS/ Daesh module had conspired and conducted preparations to target prominent persons including Judges of High Court, political leaders and senior police officers in Kerala.

The accused had organized themselves into a terrorist gang, owning allegiance to the ISIS/ Daesh, named Ansarul Khilafa-Kerala that was headed by absconding charge-sheeted accused Shajeer Mangalassery (A-13), who had performed hijra (migration) to Afghanistan from the UAE in June, 2016 to join and support the ISIS/ Daesh. The terrorist gang had also planned and conducted preparations for attacking foreigners especially Jews visiting Vattakanal near Kodiakanal.

They had also planned to attack rationalists and members of other Islamic denominations like Ahmadiya sect and Jamaat-e-Islami.

Investigation has revealed that absconding accused Shajeer Mangalassery had motivated and radicalised Moinudheen Para Kadavath, whom he had taken along on hijra, from the UAE to Mashhad in Iran for crossing over to ISIS/ Daesh-controlled territory in Afghanistan.

Investigation has also revealed that during September, 2016 Moinudheen Para Kadavath, while being in the UAE, had provided terror funds to Swalih Mohammed for conducting preparations to carry out terrorist acts in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Moinudheen Para Kadavath was deported from the UAE to New Delhi and arrested by the NIA in this case on February 15 this year.