Probe on into pro-IS WhatsApp message in Kerala

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Kozhikode | May 07, 2017 6:25 PM

The Kerala Police is investigating the circulation of a pro-Islamic State message on social media that urges the state's youth to follow the terror outfit's doctrine, a senior police official said today.

The message was purportedly sent by one of the 21 Keralite youths who went missing and were believed to have joined the IS last year. (Representative Image: Reuters)

The Kerala Police is investigating the circulation of a pro-Islamic State message on social media that urges the state’s youth to follow the terror outfit’s doctrine, a senior police official said today. The Internal Security wing of state Intelligence initiated the probe after one Harris Mastan of Kasargod on Thursday received a WhatsApp message saying he had been added to a group christened “Message of Kerala”.

The message was purportedly sent by one of the 21 Keralite youths who went missing and were believed to have joined the IS last year.

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The message from Abdulla, hailing from Trikharipur in Kasargod district, allegedly urged the youth to take up the path of ‘jihad’. Harris immediately forwarded it to Kasargod Circle Inspector Abdul Rahman.

“We had received the WhatsApp message forwarded by Harris two days ago. We have forwarded it to the Internal Security wing”, said Rahman when contacted.

Deputy Superintendent of Intelligence wing (Internal Security), T P Suresh said: “We are inquiring into the message and collecting further  details. So far, no case has been registered. After looking into all the details, we will book a case. This is only a WhatsApp message”.

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