IS threat: Kerala Police intensify deradicalisation classes in northern districts

IS threat: Kerala Police intensify deradicalisation classes in northern districts
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Kannur: The disturbing calls from desperate woman, who have been abandoned when going on 'Hegira' (holy pilgrimage), have forced the Kerala police to start dearadicalisation classes in the northern districts of the state.

One of the investigating officers, who interacted with the families of those who left for Syria from Kannur and are suspected to have joined the Islamic State (IS), said that the classes are being conducted as per the special order of DGP Loknath Behera to tackle the growing instances of radicalisation.

The classes are specially conducted in northern districts like Kannur, Kasaragod and parts of rural Kozhikode, where the youngsters have been reported to have left home. Some have even taken families including pregnant wives and small children along. In December, officials from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrived in Kannur to collect the details of 10 people who left for Syria recently.

With the recent disappearance of 10, the number of people leaving the state to join IS has crossed 100. The government is taking the help of the Imams (priests) of mosques in the area as well as the voluntary Muslim organisations to spread awareness against the terror outfit. According to sources, even Muslim officers are picked to lead the sessions, apart from the other experts, to enhance the credibility of the classes.

“There are disturbing messages from women who had left to their families here. We can not confirm whether it's a tactic or they are in real trouble. One thing is for sure, none of them have shown any interest to return, and they show utter disregard for the religious practices being carried out by the Muslims here. They claim the practices here are all wrong, and want the rest of their relatives also to abandon their native and follow them,” said an officer.

He added that the terrorist occupied areas of Afghanistan were turning out to be one of the biggest production centres of ganja. “The wife of one Rizaal, who left from Kannur, was the first to send voice messages in social media (Telegram) about the terrorist camps of the IS. When the husbands die in combat, they are entrusted with strangers from other places who also reached there as part of the same mission. They are all in tears when they call, but they may not want to admit that life is better here."

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