Thirteen people are reportedly missing from Kasaragod and they are suspected be in camps run by dreaded terror outfit ISIS.
This is not something which needs to be pushed under the carpet on usual concerns about scare mongering and communal polarization. This is to be seen more as a serious lapse in intelligence gathering.
The angry parents of the missing people have reportedly expressed anguish. They blame lack of intelligence inputs.
The youths, they say, could have been indoctrinated in Kerala itself and this is where the police intelligence failed to extract outputs.
There are unconfirmed reports about missing people from other parts of Kerala and this is to be taken up as a serious issue and not
an isolated one pertaining to the northern most district of the state. What this could potentially mean is that sleeper cells for indoctrinisation are functioning from various parts of the state.
If true, such cells need to be wiped out to check the menace of IS recruiting misguided youth.
The local police alone cannot do much in such an issue, especially due to the foreign links. The state needs to take up the issue with the Central intelligence agencies and the union government itself and only a coordinated effort can yield nay results.
It is no secret that fundamentalist elements have crept into the political mainstream of the state, and perhaps that is why there is muted reaction from major fronts that have given shelter to such nefarious activities. It is high time the LDF government got its act together to tackle such a serious issue.