Kasaragod/Kochi: The National Investigating Agency (NIA) would approach the Interpol to elicit information about T.K. Hafeezuddin, 26, a native of Padanna in Kasaragod, who is suspected to have joined Islamic State and was killed in a drone attack in Afghanistan.
The NIA has sought the help of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is the nodal agency of Interpol in the country.
But for a WhatsApp message received by Hafeezuddin’s relatives from Afghanisatan, there is no official confirmation about his death. The message says that Hafeezuddin was killed in one of the strongholds of the ISIS in Afghanistan.
Neither the Afghan military nor its police have seen the body of Hafeezuddin and hence getting an official confirmation about his death is not easy too.
Meanwhile, the NIA has got information that some of those who were purported to have joined the ISIS had regularly contacted their relatives in Kerala through the social media.
As per the information, as many as 17 persons, including women and children from nine families from Palakkad and Kasaragod districts have left for Afghanistan in mysterious conditions.
The agency, which took over the investigation, has confirmed that they left for Sri Lanka first on the premise of taking up theological studies, then moved to Syria and ultimately reached the ISIS camps. Details of their movement came out with some of them contacting their kin through the social media.
The NIA, which took over the investigation, also examined the messages, but could not secure any details. Some of those who received the messages, have passed it to the agency.
The message about Hafeezuddin’s death came in his mother’s mobile phone from K.P.Ashkfak, who was also missing.
Two others in the locality also received messages in the same name and it also said that reports regarding the death of another person, who was missing along with them, was not correct and confirmed that he was in Afghanistan.
The NIA had been monitoring the mobile numbers since May, when they were reported to be missing. Based on the telephonic information, the police had arrested Yassine Ahammed, the second wife of Abdul Rasheed, a native of Udumbumthala, from Bihar. Meanwhile, the Kasaragod district administration confirmed that it had not received any confirmation about the death of Hafeezuddin.