Pro-Islamic State messages circulated on social media, NIA begins probe

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has begun an investigation into the pro­Islamic State messages that are being circulated on social media platforms among Keralite youths. Messages circulated on WhatsApp groups reportedly urge people to follow the ISIS doctrine and take up the path of jihad.

On Thursday night, Kasaragod native Harris Mastan received a message on WhatsApp, saying that he was added to a group called ‘Message to Kerala’.

When Harris inquired about the group, he got many voice messages as reply.

The messages are purportedly from Trikaripur native Rashid Abdulla, who is among the 20­odd missing Keralite youths, who have allegedly joined the ISIS. In the messages, the person claims that he is Abdulla and therefore the reports about his deaths are fake.

The messages also said that the NIA had no clue on the happenings in the terror outfit. Harris immediately filed a police complaint. The group was created from an Afghanistan number and the admin is called Abu Isa. Probe officers suspect that Isa could be a Palakkad native, who was also reported to be missing.

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