NIA to probe conspiracy by Keralites to join terror groups in Syria

NIA to probe conspiracy by Keralites to join terror groups in Syria

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has registered a case to probe a suspected conspiracy by some Keralite youths to join international terror organisations.

The NIA said it had received credible information that from 2013 onwards, certain youths, originally from Kerala and Karnataka but based in Qatar, had hatched a criminal conspiracy to wage war against Syria.

The agency has registered a case under IPC sections related to criminal conspiracy and waging war against an Asiatic power at peace with the Indian government.

The NIA has also booked the youths under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. The youths conducted preparation or travelled to Syria and joined the terrorist organizations.

The probe team has identified seven of the youths. The NIA discovered the terror plot during the investigation into the missing case of several Keralite youths who had reportedly left the country along with their families to join the Islamic State.

The case registered by the NIA in 2016 pertains to the alleged migration of several youths, including 15 from Kasaragod.

Several youths had left India or their work places in Middle-East Asia between mid-May and early July, 2016, before travelling to Afghanistan or Syria, where they joined the Islamic State.

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