Sajeer Mangalachari Abdullah, son of a truck driver from Kozhikode in Kerala, became the key hunt by the intelligence services of India, Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates, for allegedly holding a key position in recruiting Indian jihad volunteers for the Islamic State in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province which has its capital in Jalalabad.
The Islamic States has been directing Indian volunteers keen for military training to make their way to the Afghanistan since its fall in the twin bases Raqqa and Mosul. Intelligence officials believe that Abdullah had earlier facilitated 21 Keralites, including eight minors to travel to Nangarhar.
Abdullah has been allegedly recruited by educated professionals linked with the Islamic groups, with Doha-based Manseed Bin Mohamed being the key among all. Mohamed was once a member of the Popular front of India, which the Kerala government accuse of having connection with violent Islamic groups.
According to encryted Telegram conversations from NIA, Mohamed has recruited several men from the educated middle-clas: Swalih Muhammad, a researcher with an automobile manufacturing major in Chennai; Safwan Pookatil, a graphic designer working for the PFI daily Thejas; Ramshad Neelangan Kandiyil, a chartered account based in Kozhikode; his cousin, engineering drop-out Jaseem Neelangan Kandiyil; small-time businessman Rashid Ali.
Fighting broke out between the Taliban and IS, in 2015, after the talibans asked migrant jihadists to close their madrasas and courts and Taliban lost a lot of its territory in Nangarhar. Thousands of villagers migrated from their homes, to escape fightings, leaving behind their cattles, farms and other belongings.