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Terrorism related Incidents in Kerala since 2008

2018

Sl. No.

Date

Place

Incident

Nature

1

January 1

Kochi

The NIA is likely to appeal for the custody of five unidentified IS sympathisers who were arrested in October 2017 from Kannur city of Kannur District in Kerala. These IS sympathisers were arrested while their attempt to flee to Syria and join the terror organisation. They were sent to the judicial custody and later lodged at Kakkanad District Jail in Kochi, Kerala. The NIA had filed charges under Sections 38 and 39 of the UAPA, 1967

Non-violent
2 January 4

Ernakulam

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan ordered the closure of the Peace International School in Ernakulam in Ernakulam District which has been under scanner for objectionable and non-secular content in the syllabus. The action comes in the wake of reports filed by the District Collector and the Education Department. The Kozhikode-based Peace Foundation operates more than 10 schools under the name 'Peace International.' Whether the directive is applicable to other schools of the foundation will be known once the Government Order is issued. The Chief Minister has demanded that the students in the school, located at Chakkaraparambu in Kochi in Ernakulam District, be shifted to other schools in the region. The Police are trying to bring the school Managing Director M M Akbar from abroad [Dubai, UAE]. Earlier, a probe conducted by the Education Department found that the school does not follow textbooks of NCERT, CBSE or SCERT. The District Education Officer's report had stated that teaching a syllabus giving prominence to a single religion is violation of education rights. The Intelligence agencies have found that Abdul Rashid and Yasmin Ahammed, who are facing NIA probe for alleged links with the IS, have worked in the school. Police probe has revealed that the school teaches textbooks compiled by Burooj Realization, an Islamic education institution based in Navi Mumbai in Maharashtra. Three people who readied the text books were later arrested by Kochi Police from Mumbai. Though there were allegations that they have links with controversial preacher Zakir Naik, it has not been confirmed.

Non-Violent
3 January 5 Kochi

The NIA court in Kochi of Ernakulam District in Kerala granted permission to NIA for interrogating two IS accused operatives, Omar al-Hindi and Safvan alias Rayyan of Kanakamala IS module case as a part of Hadiya case of 'love-jihad'. The NIA team consists of IT experts would interrogate two accused on January 8 at the Viyyur Central jail in Thrissur, Thrissur District (Kerala), in the presence of jail superintendent. The NIA team will question if Shafin Jahan, husband of Hadiya had any connections with IS operatives or IS module in Kerala. The Kanakamala IS module was planning to attack sensitive places and key personalities in various regions in South India.

Non-Violent
4 January 6 Kerala

The Government of Kerala has issued an alert to all of its DCs to take precautionary security measures against the possible modules of IS operating in the state. Abdul Rasheed-an operative and Emir of IS Kerala module, send an audio message to other members of the group focusing on the assassination or destroy the non-Muslims with any modus-operandi including poisoning the drinking water and to carry-out massive killing through plying trucks over the crowd in Indian festivals such as Thrissur Pooram and Kumbh Mela, stated the confidential letter sent out on December 16, 2017 by the UMHA Additional Chief Secretary (Home and Vigilance) Subrata Biswas. Number of IS threat messages are spreading out on social media and all of such messages are getting checked for their authenticity by the state Police, said Kerala Police Chief Loknath Behera.

Non-Violent
5 January 8 Kerala

The evident information about its members joining IS came as a 'shocking' to the Popular Front of India (PFI) and it was expressed it through an internal circular distributed among the PFI cadres. Though the numbers are insignificant but events are the violations of organisation's teachings that poses as matter of a serious concern, stated as in the circular (dated November 30, 2017) issued by the National Chairman of PFI- E. Aboobacker. Since identifying the dangers inherent in IS, the organisation has been guiding its members about the anti-religious and anti-national nature of the outfit [IS]. The PFI also warned its members to be cautious about the radicalisation performed by the mysterious radical groups through various means including social media, said Aboobacker. The circular was issued after at-least 15 PFI members, including former Divisional Convener from Kannur District, Kerala, had joined IS.

Non-Violent
6 January 10

Thalassery/Kannur District/Kerala

The two are friends of Muhammad Riyaz from Thalassery in Kannur District, the prime accused in the case. "They have been charged under the UAPA", Ernakulam Rural SP A V George said, adding a hunt is on to arrest eight more accused, including Riyas, in the case. He said the police have begun a probe into their alleged link with the Islamic State terrorists. George said both Fayaz and Siyad were arrested based on the woman's complaint that she was allegedly tortured by them in a house in North Paravoor before Riyaz took her abroad. The woman had alleged that Riyaz pretended to be in love with her when she was studying in Bengaluru (Karnataka) in 2014 and forced her to convert to Islam and married her. The woman from Pathanamthitta District was brought up in Gujarat. She had moved the Kerala High Court last year seeking an NIA probe against Riyaz for attempting to take her to Syria from Saudi Arabia and sell her to the Islamic State terrorists as a sex slave. She has also alleged that her marriage was registered using forged documents.

Non-Violent
7 January 16

Kerala

The Kerala Police team will be expanding the investigation to Bengaluru (Karnataka) regarding an alleged 'forcible' conversion of an unnamed 25 years-old woman with intentions of taking her to Syria and join the IS. Regarding the case, the accused Fayas and Siyad, will be taken too few places in North Kerala and Bengaluru where the primary accused Muhammad Riyas had stayed, said an unnamed senior official of the Ernakulam Rural Police. The woman had escaped from 80 days 'custody' of her husband Riyas, from an apartment in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She claimed that Riyas insisted her forcefully to watch videos of Islamic preacher Zakir Naik and attempted to take her to Syria.

Non-Violent
8 January 18

Kannur

Kerala Police said that one more IS operative from Kannur District engaged in extremist activities has been killed in Syria. According to Police, the death of the youth, identified as Abdul Manaf P P (30), resident of Valapattanamin Kannur District, was conveyed to the family on January 17 by his friend and another IS operative from the District, Abdul Khayyoom (25), who is also in Syria.Police have received information that nearly 17 people from the State, who had been waging the so-called holy war in Syria have lost their lives. At least six of them are from Kannur. As per available information, the IS operative Abdul Manaf was killed in November. Police said Manaf went to Syria using a fake passport and there is a case against him in this connection. He was a close associate of Shahjahan Velluva, another IS operative who was arrested in Delhi a few months back. He had also worked as the office secretary of the Popular Front of India (PFI) for some time before leaving for Syria.Prior to that he was named an accused in the murder of a CPM worker Bineesh, in 2009, said Police.According to the investigating agencies, it was through the network of Manaf that nearly 15 people out of the 29 who left for Syria to wage 'jihad', reached there.

Non-Violent
9 January 19

Kerala

The NIA has taken into custody five terror suspects, including a person who was intercepted at the Mangaluru International Airport in 2016, in connection with their attempts to join the IS in Syria. The accused are Midlaj (26), Abdul Rasak K V (34), Rashid M V (24), Manaf Rahman (42) and Hamza U K (57), all residents of Kannur, Kerala. Manaf Rahman was intercepted at Mangalore International Airport on December 23, 2016, when he attempted to travel along with his family to the UAE, allegedly with the intention of travelling to Syria to join ISIS. He was influenced by Hamza U K, who was also supposed to travel to the UAE on December 25, 2016, and had booked air ticket accordingly. But he dropped the plan after finding out that Manaf Rahman was intercepted at Mangalore airport. The investigation hitherto has revealed that Midlaj and Rashid had travelled along with one Shajahan V K to Turkey in October, 2016, with the intention of crossing over to Syria, but were apprehended by the Turkish authorities and deported to India in January, 2017. Further, Abdul Razak had travelled to Turkey through Tehran, Iran, along with one Abdul Khayoom of Kannur in mid-April, 2017. Shajahan had again reached Turkey in April/May, 2017, using a fake Indian passport as part of his second attempt to migrate to Syria and join the IS. Subsequently, Abdul Razak and Shajahan were apprehended by Turkish authorities when they attempted to cross over to Syria. They were deported to India on July 1, 2017. Abdul Khayoom managed to cross over to Syria and join the Islamic State.

Non-Violent
10 January 24

Perinthalmanna / Malappuram District

The Kerala Police arrested two persons identified as Saleem alias Sallu (38)-resident of Vatakara of Kozhikode District and Abdul Latheef (42)-resident of Perinthalmanna, Malappuram District, for distributing the FICNs. The Police approached them on pretext to exchange currency and seized the FICN in denomination of INR 2,000 and INR 500 worth INR 49,000. After preliminary interrogation, the Police has recovered additional FICNs of worth INR 2,67,500 from their houses, said Rural SP M.K. Pushkaran. All the FICNs had threads and look like the original currency notes that were printed in Wayanad District of Kerala. The state Police is looking-out for another person involved in this case.

Non-Violent
11 January 29

Kerala

The NIA is likely to interrogate the Kerala woman who was allegedly forced to 'conversion to Islam' by her husband-Mohamed Riyaz (26) and later 'almost sold' to IS in Syria. The unidentified woman who is resident of Pathanamthitta of Pathanamthitta District in Kerala had approached the Kerala High Court and claimed that her husband forced her to convert to Islam and conspired to sell her off to IS in Syria. In her plea in the court, the woman claimed that she is a 'victim of forceful conversion, fraud marriage, and an attempt of sexual slavery'. Her father had filed an application seeking an investigation to be carried out by the Central Investigation Agency. Intelligence agencies are keeping an 'eye' over people from Kerala joining jihadi groups active in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

Non-Violent
12 January 31

Kerala

During the probe of the conversion case of an unidentified woman from Kerala, the NIA has found that she was forced to follow the preaching and become a disciple of an Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. Although, the NIA has registered the case against nine persons accused for conspiring a fraud marriage between Mohammad Riyaz/Riyas and the woman, and forcing her to convert to Islam. Originally, the woman is a resident of Gujarat.

Non-Violent
13 February 1

Kozhikode District

Police arrested one Kerala youth, identified as Riyazur Rehman alias Riyad, a native of Kallai in Kozhikode District, for trying to join terror outfit IS in April 2015. Riyad, who was hiding in Ras Al Khaimah (UAE) for the past two years, was deported to India through Delhi airport (New Delhi) from where he was arrested by Kerala Police a few days ago (unspecified date). Earlier, in Karipur (Malappuram District) Police had registered a case against Riyad under Section 125 of the IPC and Section 20 and 38 of the UA (P) Act. It was the first IS-related case registered by Kerala Police. The Police said the 26-year-old man was indoctrinated while he was working in Ras Al Khaimah. Riyad, along with a Bangladesh national, left Ras Al Khaimah to join the IS in Yemen. He returned to Ras Al Khaimah after the Bangladesh national disappeared. By the time Riyad's disappearance became big news in the media; his brother was deported to India along with some others who were suspected to have IS links. Riyad was hiding in various locations in Ras Al Khaimah and was engaged in small-time criminal activities for livelihood, the Police said.

Non-Violent
14 February 2

Kannur District

The NIA arrested Mohammed Riyaz/Riyas-a resident of Kannur in Kannur District of Kerala, from Chennai Airport in Chennai District of Tamil Nadu. Mohammed Riyaz was alleged to force his wife to convert to Islam and attempted to sell her to the IS operatives in Syria. We had prior information about Mohammad Riyaz travelling from Jeddah city (Saudi Arabia) via Colombo (Sri Lanka) and arrested upon his arrival at Chennai Airport. He has been interrogated at NIA office in Chennai and his arrest has not been officially recorded so far, said an unnamed NIA officer. Mohammed Riyaz is also accused of using Fake Indian Passport.

Non-Violent
15 February 3

Kannur District

The NIA has been surveillance over Tasleem alias Rocky-a resident of Kannur (Kerala) but staying in the UAE, for allegedly financing the travel of IS sympathisers from Kannur (Kerala) to Syria. Tasleem provided financial support of 4,000 US dollars (approx. INR 2.5 Lakh) to Mohammad Shajil alias Abu Dhain-a resident of Kannur (Kerala) for meeting his travel expenses to Syria and stay-over in Turkey. So far, Tasleem has not been charged as an accused but there is a need to make sure if Tasleem has any links with IS and its active module in Kerala, said an unnamed NIA officer. The NIA teams of Delhi and Kochi are questioning other two cases related to the migration of Kannur residents to Syria.

Non-Violent
16 February 7

Mukkom/Kozhikode District

The Mukkom Police arrested two persons, both natives of Tamil Nadu, and seized FICNs worth INR 1 million, following a secret operation. One of the accused Suresh Kumar, resident of Salem District in Tamil Nadu, was arrested from a lodge room at Mukkom in Kozhikode District, along with FICNs to the tune of INR 50,000, following a tip off received by the Police. "On interrogation, we received information that a woman named Nirmala from Salem also is involved in the fake currency racket. Nirmala was arrested by a Police team from Salem and counterfeit currencies to the tune of Rs 9.5 lakh and equipment used for printing fake currency," said K P Abhilash SI of Mukkom Police Station. The Police have seized FICNs in the denomination of INR 2,000, INR 500, INR 200 and INR 100 from both the arrestees. Investigation is on to identify the remaining members of the network. According to Police, the some of the gang members of the same group were arrested by Thrissur Police in May 2017, with FICN to the tune of INR 300,000. The racket was trying to distribute the FICNs in different parts of Kozhikode District, Police said.

Non-Violent (FICN recovery)
17 February 12

Kochi

The NIA got the custody of Mohammad Riyas/Riyaz-an accused of selling her wife as a 'sex slave' to the IS in Syria. The NIA's Special Court in Kochi (Kerala) granted the custody of Riyaz and other two of his unnamed associates to the NIA in the same case. The unnamed woman filed a complaint and alleged that Riyaz raped her and later recorded an "objectionable footage" of her, and held her hostage in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. A native of Kannur district in Kerala, Mohammad Riyaz has been under the scanner for forging documents in order to marry the woman and take her to Saudi Arabia, with intentions to rape her and further sell her as a sex slave to IS. So far, 11 persons have been accused in the case including Riyaz's mother who continues to be in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Non-Violent (Custody)
18 February 20

Kerala

The Jharkhand Government banned the Kerala-based Islamic organization-PFI for its alleged links to IS. The Government of Jharkhand banned PFI, which is active in Jharkhand as well; mainly in Pakur District, under the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 1908. The Home Department of Jharkhand Government also recommended the ban. Reportedly, some PFI members in Kerala had travelled to Syria and joined IS, read a statement released by the Government of Jharkhand.

Non-Violent (ban on PFI)
19 February 22

Kerala

Around 28 youths from Tamil Nadu are under scanner of the NIA for alleged links with IS. Out of 28, 20 people are residents of Coimbatore District, said an unnamed senior NIA official. The majority of youths, with age between 20-25 years, belong to the State of Kerala, and residing in Tamil Nadu for over a decade. The suspicious overseas travelling details of these youths raised an alarm to NIA and soon the agency started collecting their cell phone and social media details, said an unnamed senior NIA official. All of them are well educated-with graduate degrees and some of them are postgraduate too.

Non-Violent
20 February 25

Kerala

Acting upon the alert issued by the Interpol and Telangana State Intelligence, the Immigration Department officials arrested the managing director of Peace International School-M.M. Akbar at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Hyderabad. Reportedly, M.M Akbar absconded since the Kerala Police registered criminal charges against him for inciting the communal hatred through preaching objectionable content in his school's syllabus. After the arrest, Akbar was handed-over to the State Police officials for temporary custody. The officials of Kerala Police would arrive on following day to take over Akbar's custody. There were Intelligence inputs that Akbar would be travelling from Australia to Dubai and the flight would have a layover at RGIA and Akbar would board the connecting flight on February 26. But with the assistance from the Interpol and airport's Immigration Department, he got arrested at the airport, said an unnamed Intelligence official.

Non-Violent (Arrest)
21 February 27

Kochi

The NIA submitted the evidences before the NIA Court in Kochi, Kerala- including IS' documentaries and videos recovered from the digital devices of the accused-Mohammad Riyas/Riyaz Rashid, Fawas Jamal and Siyad, in a case of forcefully conversion and forged marriage. Opposing the bail plea filed by the accused, the NIA presented a Case Diary (CD) before the NIA Court. In the evidence report submitted by the NIA's prosecutor Arjun Ambalapatta, the NIA managed to recovered a deleted documentary of Syria from a digital device acquired from Mohammad Riyas and several videos related to IS was found on the digital device belong to Fawas Jamal.

Non-Violent (submission of CD)
22 March 17 Kerala

The case of 'IS recruitment' filed against 10 people including a resident of Peringadi near Mahe in Puducherry, has several loopholes and went against the established facts of the modus operandi of IS. The Kerala Police had filed a case under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act on the basis of a complaint filed by an unnamed girl against the accused Mohammed Riyaz and his associates for 'trying to sell-off the girl as a sex slave to the IS operatives in Syria'. Earlier, the girl informed the High Court, that she married Riyaz at Bangalore (Karnataka) and converted to Islam on her own. But now the Police said that the accused had taken the nude photos of the girl and compelled her to depose in favour of Riyaz in the court. The girl was in the custody of her parents, so how is it possible that she was threaten by showing the nude photos of her, said a close friend of Mohammed Riyaz. The case is being investigated by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Two of Riyaz's friends hailing from Paravur in Ernakulam District were arrested and have been released on bail, later. Mohammed Riyaz who was arrested at Chennai (Tamil Nadu) when he arrived from Saudi Arabia, is still in Police custody.

Non-Violent (Statement)
23 March 20 Kochi

In first of the six cases of IS, the Special Court in Kochi, Kerala has announced to give verdict on March 24. In a case where 15 persons from Kasaragod District, Kerala alleged to migrate to Nangahar Province of Afghanistan to join IS in 2016, the final hearing of the case was completed on March 20. The only person arrested in the case is Yasmin Mohammad Zahid-resident of Bihar who is facing trial at the moment but out on bail.

Non-Violent (Judicial Statement)
24 March 24 Kochi

The NIA's Special Court in Kochi (Kerala) has announced the verdict in the 'Kerala IS recruitment case' and sentenced Yasmeen Mohammed Zahid to seven-year imprisonment with a fine of INR 25,000. The case was related to the illegal migration of 15 persons from Kerala to Afghanistan in 2016, with further intentions to join IS. On July 30, 2016, Yasmeen Zahid was arrested from the IGI Airport in New Delhi, just before travelling to Kabul along with her child. The first accused of the case-Abdul Rashid Abdulla is suspected to have joined IS and living in the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan.

Non-Violent (Sentence granted)
25 March 28 Kochi

One of the founder and member of IM-Abdul Subhan Qureshi alias Tauqeer likely to be bought to Kochi regarding a probe in Wagamon SIMI camp case. Qureshi was in Gujarat Police's custody regarding the Ahmedabad serial blasts case. However, the NIA is planning to bring Qureshi to Kochi and produce him before the Kochi NIA Court on April 3, said an unnamed NIA officer. In December 2007, Qureshi was a treasurer of the SIMI when the camp at Wagamon or Vagamon in Kottayam and Idukki District of Kerala. The trial of the case is on-going at the NIA's court in Kochi.

Non-Violent (Investigation Statement)
26 March 30 Kasaragod

As per the claims of Kerala Police, four people from Kerala's Kasaragod District who joined Islamic State in Afghanistan reportedly have been killed in a bomb attack. The 'killed' people included Shihaz, his wife-Ajmala and their child, along with another person-Mohammed Mansad. The Police have been waiting for more information, said an unnamed Police officer. Including these four, the total number of deaths of Kerala natives after joining IS in Afghanistan has risen to eight, after the NIA had confirmed death of four people, last year. Though, the State Police has no confirmation from the NIA in this matter.

Non-Violent (Statement)
28 March 28 Kochi

One of the founder and member of IM-Abdul Subhan Qureshi alias Tauqeer likely to be bought to Kochi regarding a probe in Wagamon SIMI camp case. Qureshi was in Gujarat Police's custody regarding the Ahmedabad serial blasts case. However, the NIA is planning to bring Qureshi to Kochi and produce him before the Kochi NIA Court on April 3, said an unnamed NIA officer. In December 2007, Qureshi was a treasurer of the SIMI when the camp at Wagamon or Vagamon in Kottayam and Idukki District of Kerala. The trial of the case is on-going at the NIA's court in Kochi.

Non-Violent (Investigation Statement)
29 March 30 Kasaragod

As per the claims of Kerala Police, four people from Kerala's Kasaragod District who joined Islamic State in Afghanistan reportedly have been killed in a bomb attack. The 'killed' people included Shihaz, his wife-Ajmala and their child, along with another person-Mohammed Mansad. The Police have been waiting for more information, said an unnamed Police officer. Including these four, the total number of deaths of Kerala natives after joining IS in Afghanistan has risen to eight, after the NIA had confirmed death of four people, last year. Though, the State Police has no confirmation from the NIA in this matter.

Non-Violent (Statement)
30 April 6 Kochi

One of the IM founders and member Abdul Subhan Qureshi would be produced before the NIA Court on April 24. A communication has been conveyed to the officials of Tihar Jail (Delhi) to produce Qureshi in Kochi (Kerala) on April 10. The Kerala Police will arrange his security and record his presence. In the case of Vagamon/Wagamon training camp of the SIMI, the NIA has requested the Court to issue another warrant to produce him before the NIA court in Kochi on April 24, said an unnamed official of the NIA.

Non-Violent (NIA Statement)
31 April 7 Kerala

The NIA filed a chargesheet against two accused-Sadham Hussain and Subair in murder case of a Hindu Munnani Spokesperson of C. Sasikumar. When raided the houses of both accused, the investigators found incriminating documents and DVDs of Zakir Naik, read the chargesheet. The team of investigators recovered the donation receipts of Islamist extremist organisation-Popular Front of India (PFI), PFI literature, mobile phones, CDs and pen drives, DVDs of Zakir Naik, said unnamed official of the NIA. On September 22, 2016, C. Sasikumar of Subramaniyampalayam near Thudiyalur in Coimbatore District of Tamil Nadu was brutally hacked to death by four-member gang while he was returning home on his motorbike.

Non-Violent (Chargesheet)
2017

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Place

Incident

Nature

1

January 2

Goa

Two persons hailing from Kerala's Kasaragod District were arrested near Panaji, while canvassing for a convention of Salafi Muslims scheduled to be held in Karnataka's Mangalore later this month, and distributing Kannada language pamphlets which had Islamic State (IS) symbol and a message titled, "ISIS Shaitan". The arrested persons have been identified as Ilyas and Abdul Nazir. According to Police sources, the pamphlet is being analysed by top Police officials as the content of the pamphlet canvasses for a convention of Salafi Muslims due to be held in Mangalore from January 9-16. Police is also checking the mobile number mentioned on these pamphlets. "They have been booked under sections 107 (breach of peace) and 151 (preventive arrest) of the Criminal Procedure Code. They have been sent for medical examination at the Goa Medical College", Police official said.

Non-violent
2 January 5 Kerala

Intelligence agencies are weighing inputs indicating the radical elements within the proscribed SIMI are forging links with similarly minded groups within the recently banned IRF and may lead to the birth of a new radical outfit. Such inputs, described by sources as "very disturbing", have been pouring in for more than a month ever since the Central Government banned IRF led by controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. The IB is likely to issue a note to State intelligence agencies regarding these developments shortly. Top sources disclosed that over the past couple of months, person-to-person contact and group interactions between members of the banned groups have been taking place lately. ''Similar inputs have been coming from certain areas that are known to be breeding grounds for militants in different states. Some political parties, which used to sympathise with SIMI, are now sympathising with IRF too,'' said one senior official.

While IRF, an NGO run by Salafist preacher Zakir Naik, was banned for five years in November 2016, SIMI was 16 years ago and still has a large number of supporters. Sources in the intelligence agencies said they consider SIMI as a ''very active'' group despite the ban. Though SIMI members attending the taqreer (speeches) of Zakir Naik is nothing new, intelligence sources say there is electronic evidence of increasing interaction between members of these two groups, especially since the IRF ban.

Interestingly, just days after IRF was banned, the Kerala-based Islamic fundamentalist organisation PFI organized massive rallies in different parts of the country in support of Zakir Naik. A majority of PFI members are actually from SIMI. "Since SIMI is banned, the members work in different outfits. But SIMI is alive and kicking,'' said a senior official. Sources said inputs indicate that these radical interactions could lead to the formation of a new radical outfit similar to IM which was involved in a series of bomb blasts across the country since it was founded by Abdus Subhan Qureshi in 2010. IM mostly comprised of lower-tier SIMI members. The change in name was widely seen as a change in tactics by SIMI members. Till date, while senior SIMI leaders are still available, there are minimal inputs about the cadres. "The same tactic is being used again. Only this time, SIMI has IRF to look to. IRF has dedicated members across the length and breadth of the country, which will come in handy and this is enough for extremist elements in both groups to form a new group and continue with their subversive activities,'' another official said.

Non-violent
3 January 15

Kerala

Anti-terror intelligence agencies have found instances of medicines from India landing up with the Islamic State (IS). The agencies strongly suspect that medicines supplied to the Gulf countries were ending up in Syria and Iraq for the use of the terror group.

At the recent All-India Police Science Congress in Kerala, a top IPS official of the IB noted during a discussion on the IS: "A total of 70 incidents of violence have been reported outside the area of ISIS control in 20 countries including several lone wolf attacks. The targets have been remarkably similar to the ones chosen by other terror outfits targeting India, whether it is the Indian Mujahideen or the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba." The officer said, "There have been loose ISIS motivated or inspired groups in Hyderabad (one led by one Yazdani), one in Roorkee and lone wolves like in Parbhani. Instances of supply of logistics have come to our notice, particularly in the form of supply of medicines."

According to top IB sources, around 300 individuals in India are on the radar of various Police forces and central agencies for their "proclivity towards the ISIS cause".

So far, around 100 persons have tried to travel to join IS and around 67 have reached the area of operation of the extremist group. Agencies have arrested about 60 persons, including some in Telangana state for linkages to the IS.

Explaining the magnitude of the problem, an IB officer said, "Over 70 lakh Indians work in the Gulf and West Asia and remain vulnerable to radical propaganda." Several expats from Hyderabad based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia have joined the IS, as has one person from Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh who was based in Kuwait. Analysis by the police has revealed that recent IS recruits from India were young - about 90 per cent in the 18-33 age group. More specifically, half the recruits from India were in the 23-28 age group. About 70 per cent had a technical background and 50 per cent were graduates.

Non-violent
4 January 15

Kerala

Investigations following the arrest of five members of a group called Base Movement in November 2016 have revealed that a leader of the group was involved in four blasts carried out in Madurai between 2011 and 2014,. The five members were arrested by the NIA from Madurai in Tamil Nadu in connection with a series of bomb blasts at court premises in South India. One of the arrested men, N Abbas Ali, who is linked to former operatives of Al Ummah, has revealed that he planted four bombs in Madurai between 2011 and 2014. Ali is accused by the NIA of planning and executing blasts in the premises of courts in Chittoor, Kollam, Mysuru, Nellore and Malapuram between April 7 and November 1, 2016.

Following are the accounts of the Madurai blasts provided by Ali to investigators, which are corroborated by news reports:

The May 2011 blast occurred in a dustbin near the crowded Mattuthavani bus stand at 9.15 pm. Nobody was injured in the minor blast. On September 29, 2011, Ali planted a device in a Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation bus to mark the anniversary of the 2002 killing of Al Ummah leader Imam Ali by police in Bengaluru. The IED, made with materials sourced from firecrackers, was found by employees of the transport corporation and defused. On September 29, 2012, Ali planted an IED outside a TASMAC wine shop in Theni to mark the death anniversary of Imam Ali. The device exploded but no casualties occurred. The fourth blast occurred on February 9, 2014, at the venue of an AIADMK meeting in Madurai. The bomb, placed below the stage, exploded when no one was around. The date was the anniversary of the hanging of Afzal Guru, who was convicted in the 2001 Parliament attack case. "Ali has claimed to have been involved in four blasts in the Madurai region. It seems that these cases are undetected or some others have already been arrested,'' a source said.

Non-violent
5 January 27

Kochi

The NIA arrested two people, identified as Abdul Rashid Abdulla and Yasmeen Mohammad Zahid from Kochi (Kerala) in connection with the criminal conspiracy hatched within and outside India, with the intention of furthering the objectives of the IS and for joining and supporting the organization. Accused Abdul Rashid, resident of Kasaragod District and Yasmeen Mohammad Zahid, resident of Sitamarhi District, Bihar were booked under sections 120-B and 125 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), besides sections 38, 39 and 40 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 1967.

Non-violent
6 February 9

NS

The NIA filed a charge sheet against two persons in connection with its probe in the alleged indoctrination of Kerala youths to join terror group IS. The agency filed the charge sheet in a special court here against Arshi Qureshi (47) alias Arshid, a resident of Thane, Maharashtra who has been arrested by the agency, and Abdul Rashid Abdulla (30), hailing from Kasaragod in Kerala, who is absconding. The NIA said it has charged the two for "their involvement in unlawful activities and in spreading hatred against India and for providing support to the proscribed terrorist organisation IS by furthering its activities", under various sections of the Unlawful Activity (Prevention) Act-UAPA.

Statement
7 February 15 New Delhi

The NIA has arrested a Kerala youth, Mouinudheen Parakadavath (25), for being part of an IS terrorist conspiracy in India. The agency said the youth hailing from Kasaragod District was questioned at the NIA headquarters when he arrived at the IGI airport in Delhi from Abu Dhabi. During his examination, he admitted to his involvement in the conspiracy, NIA said. The case relates to a terror module in which a group of youths from Kerala including some members based in the Middle-East, hatched a conspiracy as per instructions from their online IS handlers.

Non-violent
8 February 18 NS

The NIA team investigating the case related to the radicalisation of Kerala youths by terror groups, has found key accused Shajeer Mangalassery had created a group titled 'The Gate' on the Telegram app for coordinating terror activities in South India. Shajeer, a hardcore IS ideologist, is the 13th accused in the Kanakamala secret terror camp case. Earlier, the agency had arraigned seven persons as accused in the case.

Statement
9 February 25-26 Afghanistan

One of the youth among the 21 persons from Kasaragod District of Kerala suspected to have joined the Islamic State (IS) in June 2016, identified as Hafeesudheen T K, was reportedly killed in a drone attack at an IS-stronghold in Afghanistan. The information on Hafeesudheen's death reached the relatives in Padanna village in Kasaragod District on February 26 through a 'Telegram app' message from the account of Ashfaq Majeed, who is also a member of the 21-member group that joined the terrorist outfit.

According to Afghan media, at least six leaders of the IS were among 47 other militants killed in an air and ground operations carried by the SFs in Haska Meean and Bati Kot Districts of Eastern Nangarhar Province. As many 25 other IS cadres were also wounded in operation, the reports said.

However, the Kerala Police have intimated the relatives of Hafeesudheen that there is no immediate possibility to confirm the news. The Nangarhar Province is out of bound even for Afghan Government agencies and NIA has sought the help of Interpol to get the details of the Indians in the IS.

Violent
10 February 27 Kasaragod

A day after the startling message to his close relatives that Hafeezuddin (26), a native of Padanna village in Kasaragod District, who was among the 21 suspected to have joined the Islamic State (IS), was killed in a drone strike, the local Police are groping in the dark about the information. The Kerala Police are still ascertaining the veracity of the information even as a 'WhatsApp' message said to have been received by a relative of the 'slain' youth showed the photo of his body lying on the ground, Special Branch DSP V.T. Assainar said. "The local police could not as yet ascertain the whereabouts of the persons who went missing under mysterious circumstances in June last year and are said to have joined the IS later," Assainar said, adding that only Central agencies like the NIA could get any information, a stance maintained by SP K.G. Simon too.

Violent
11 March 14 Bengaluru

Arrested for alleged involvement in the October 2016 murder of an RSS worker in Bengaluru (Karnataka), Asim Shariff, leader of the District chapter of social and political organisation PFI, was associated with members of terror groups such as IM and Al Ummah, the NIA has alleged. The probe agency made its contentions while arguing in a plea filed by Shariff in Karnataka High Court. Shariff has questioned the invoking of provisions of UAPA, 1967, against him for the murder of RSS leader R Rudresh, and the suo motu decision of the UMHA to ask the NIA to probe the case. In the course of arguments, the UMHA and NIA have stated that provisions of UAPA are applicable in the case since it involves issues of national security.

Non-violent
12 April 4 Kochi

A prominent political leader from Kozhikode and the Chabad House at Vattakanal near Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu frequented by Israeli tourists were the prime targets of the IS module, says the NIA chargesheet filed in the Kochi Special Court. But the name of the politician does not appear in the report. It says the module operated in Kerala and Tamil Nadu under the leadership of its 'amir' (chief) and NIT graduate Shajeer Mangalasseri. The kingpin from Kozhikode, also known as Abu Ayisha, appears in one of the Telegram groups as AfdolAX. Shajeer, who holds an Indian passport (M2957534), was working in the Gulf before shifting to Afghanistan.

Statement
13 April 6 NS

IS has reportedly made a 'hit list' of 15 Malayalees including four journalists who, according to the terror outfit, have allegedly been campaigning against Islam. The list includes 11 computer professionals and four journalists from Kerala. There are reportedly 152 Indians in the list. The NIA got the information from the laptop seized from Najir Bin Yafi, a Maharashtra native recruiting people for IS. The list was handed over to IS leader Shafi Armar via Instagram.

Statement
14 April 13 Kerala

At least two of over 20 people from Kerala who were lured by the Islamic State (IS) are feared killed in US's superbomb attack on Afghanistan's Nangarhar. The Pentagon confirmed that the US dropped GBU-43 bomb, the largest non-nuclear weapon in its arsenal, on the IS tunnel in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province.

Indian intelligence agencies said that the last known location of Indian IS recruits was Nangarhar, the region where the US military dropped its 'Mother Of All Bombs' (MOAB) targeting secret tunnels of the terror group. The NIA is now planning to send a team to Afghanistan to ascertain the fate of Indians affected in the US bomb attack.

Non-violent
15 April 30

Kerala

Two Keralites who allegedly joined terror groups in 2016, have reportedly been killed in air strikes by the US in Syria and Afghanistan. They were identified as Yahya and Abu Thahir, both hailing from Palakkad District of Kerala. Yahya had reportedly joined Islamic State (IS) and Abu Thahir the al Qaeda, Police said. They were among 21 people from Kerala, including women and children, who travelled to West Asia and went missing in 2016. Police said they received an information on April 30, night about the death of Thahir in Syria. A message received by a social worker in Kasargod said: "Yahya has been martyred while fighting in Afghanistan." "He was killed while fighting the U.S. forces," the message read. It, however, did not say when he was killed.

Non-violent
16 April 30

Kochi

A suspected Islamic State (IS) recruit, identified as Subhani Haja Moideen, has led the NIA to France and Austria while revealing a possible link between the LeT and IS. Moideen was chargesheeted by NIA in its case related to the IS Kochi module. Moideen is one of the two Indians who fought for IS in Syria and Iraq. He had come back to India in 2016 to lead a normal life but was arrested by NIA (on October 5, 2016) on charges of trying to set up an IS module in south India. The NIA chargesheet accuses him of trying to kill RSS leaders in Kochi. The chargesheet also accused him of forming an IS module that conspired and prepared to target prominent persons including high court judges, political leaders and senior police officers besides foreigners visiting India.

Non-violent
17 May 6

Kasaragod

A Kasaragod resident exposed Pro-Islamic State (IS) messages being circulated via WhatsApp messaging services hailing the terror group. A pro-Islamic State message being circulated via WhatsApp was brought to the notice of the NIA after a complaint was filed. Haris Mastan, in his complaint, alleged that messages promoting the Islamic State were circulated in WhatsApp groups. He claimed to have received the message on May 6, in a group where he was added as one of the 200 members.

Non-violent
18 May 18 Kerala

Abdul Rashid, a fugitive Islamic State (IS) preacher from Kerala, has sent out a warning to India, claiming the Islamic Caliphate will expand and reach India in the near future. A native of Trikaripur in Kasaragod District of Kerala, Rashid was part of a 21-member group, including women and children, that went missing from Kerala last year and later joined the IS in Afghanistan. He is currently functioning as the leader of the terror outfit's Kerala members in the Nangarhar Province, and is sought by the NIA.

Non-violent
19 June 14 Kerala

The NIA has uncovered evidence to show that key aides of Zakir Naik helped Indian youth convert to Islam, and these youth then left for Afghanistan to join the Islamic State (IS). On September 12, 2014, Bestin Vincent Francis became Yahiya. Three of his associates converted in the next few months. Raids by the NIA on Zakir Naik's close aide Rizwan Illiyas Khan eventually blew the lid off this terror chain. Rizwan, according to the probe body, was closely involved in processing the documents of conversion to Islam. In all, 78 affidavits, including the ones for Bestin Vincent, Bexen Vincent alias Isa, Merin Jacob alias Mariyam, and Nimisha alias Fatima, were seized from the residence.

Apart from Rizwan, another Naik aide, Arshi Qureshi, was closely involved in active conversion of people from other religions to Islam and radicalising them to follow the path of IS. NIA has collected material to show that Francis and his three associates were among the 24 youths who migrated from Kerala to Afghanistan to join IS. All of the accused were regular visitors to the office of Naik's Mumbai-based non-profit IRF and attended meetings that took place between key Naik aide Arshi Qureshi and the youths.

Non-violent
20 June 18 Kasaragod District

A street in Thuruthi ward of Kasaragod municipality that was recently named 'Gaza', a reference to the disputed strip of land between Israel and Egypt, under Palestinian self-rule, has got intelligence agencies interested. The agencies are looking at possible radical influence behind the naming, considering the locality's proximity to Padane from where the majority of the 21 youths from Kerala, who have gone missing since 2016 and are suspected to have joined the Islamic State (IS) hail.

Non-violent
21 June 19 Kerala

News has been received here about the death of another Kerala resident, Sajeer M. Abdullah who had gone to Afghanistan to join the Islamic State (IS) terror group, an intelligence official said. The news about the death of Sajeer and a picture of his body was received on the mobile of a man, whose relative is among the 21 Keralites who left their homes here to join the IS, said the official of the Kerala Police's intelligence unit. However, there was no information about time and cause of Abdullah's death. An intelligence official told that the news and picture came to the same person who received reports about the death of three others of this group during the course of this year. "Beyond this, there are no other details...we have done what we normally do when we get these types of reports," said the official.

Non-violent
22 June 22 Kodungallur / Thrissur District

Police arrested Yuva Morcha leader Erassery Rakesh (31) and recovered FICNs and printing machines from his house at Sree Narayanapuram near Kodungallur in Thrissur District. Police said they have seized fake currencies worth over INR 1,31,000. BJP sources said Rakesh was a regional committee member of the Yuva Morcha. His brother Rajeev who was also suspected to be involved in the case, was absconding. The party has expelled both of them, party District president A Nagesh said.

Non-violent
23 June 30 Kerala

Days after news of the massive Islamic State (IS) recruitment drive from north Kerala's villages in mid-2016 shocked the state, Kerala police launched a de-radicalisation drive named Operation Pigeon aimed at preventing a repeat of a Padanne-like situation. What started as a focused drive in "certain areas'' in Kasaragod District, spread across the state with various agencies mining social media to prepare a list of "vulnerable Malayali youth'. The tally at the end of initial online recce came to 350.

All Districts except Pathanamthitta reported footprints of recruiters who had "made more than preliminary contacts with them''. The state intelligence sleuths formed a special task force with personnel from NIA and IB. "Kannur district topped with 118 names followed by Malappuram (89) and Kasaragod (66),'' a top source told. While Kozhikode had 25 youth with ``deep interest'', Palakkad reported 16. ``It was single digit for the rest. And there was not even one girl in this list of 350,'' he said. Operation Pigeon's first phase saw a majority of the youth realising that "the route was not as easy as they were made to believe''. But about 30 youngsters were firm in their commitment. We continue to engage them ``without ruffling any feelings'', sources said. The best part of the campaign, a senior officer said, was that not even one mosque committee or a single parent protested against police's frequent visits.

Non-violent
25 July 2 Kerala

Intelligence agencies have found out that at least five persons from Kerala's Malabar region have been killed while fighting for the Islamic State (IS) in Syria in the past four months. With this the number of Malayalis killed in the IS stronghold has risen to 10.

According to report, information on the death of Sibi from Kanjikkode in Palakkad District reached his relatives two days ago. Further details of Sibi, who was working in Bahrain, is not immediately available. It is suspected that he had links with Yahya alias Esa, who left to join the IS in July 2016.

Another person killed in Aleppo in Syria is Muhadis, hailing from Vandoor in Malappuram District. It is suspected that he was killed in the military operations in Aleppo in last February. Sources said that his brother Manaf, who was working in Bahrain, came to Malappuram one month ago to tell the family about the death of Muhadis.

Another person hailing from Chalad in Kannur District is also suspected to be killed in Syria. Two more people, one from Vadakara in Kozhikode District and another from Kondotty in Malappuram District, are also believed to have been killed in Syria. All these people are branded as 'Bahrain group' in the Police circles.

Sources said that the group which joined the IS in Syria, unlike the 21-member group in Afghanistan, were the frontline soldiers of the terror organization. "The Syrian group was engaged in actual fighting while the group in Afghanistan was helping the jihadis in various capacities. The members of the Afghan group got killed in the surprise attack by the US forces," they said.

Earlier it was reported that, Hafisudeen, Murshid and Yahya from Padanna in Kasaragod district and Shajeer Mangalassery Abdulla have been killed in Nangarhar in Afghanistan in the last two months. Abu Thahir from Palakkad, who joined the Jabahat al-Nusra, an ally of the IS, was killed in Syria last month.

Non-violent
27 July 5

Thiruvananthapuram

The Central Government will provide funds to Kerala to enhance its coastal security and keep a vigil on Pakistan-sponsored terror modules, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said. Pointing out that Pakistan-sponsored terror modules could be expected to create problems in any part of the country, he said Police must be vigilant against such activities. Talking to reporters in Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala after reviewing the country's internal security in a meeting with the State Government officials, Ahir said the Centre would provide funds to Kerala for enhancing the coastal security.

Lauding Kerala for having a good policing system, he said its community policing was helpful to arrest radicalisation of the youth. "So far only 22 youths from the state were reported to have joined the Islamic State outfit," Ahir said. He also said the fake currency note menace has come down considerably in the last one year.

Statement
28 July11

Kannur

A 32-year-old man, identified as Shahjahan Velluva Kandy with suspected Islamic State (IS) links has been arrested by the Delhi Police's Special Cell from IGI airport. Kandy, a resident of Kerala's Kannur, was arrested after the Indian intelligence agencies received an input from CIA on June 30. Kandy was deported by Turkey police for travelling with a fake passport. Sources said he was planning to enter Syria through Turkey.

Investigations have revealed that this was Kandy's second attempt to go to Turkey. In February, 2017 he went to Turkey from Chennai, also with a fake passport. He was deported after which he made another fake passport in the name of Mohammed Ismail Mohideen from Chennai. However, his plan was busted by the Turkish police. The Special Cell also found hundreds of telegram IDs of IS sympathisers on Kandy's mobile phone. He was in touch with several IS sympathisers in India and Syria through the Telegram application. The data from his phone has been sent for verification.

Non-violent
29 July 12

Kerala

A high security alert has been issued at airports, as the Indian youth including Keralites who joined Islamic State (IS) may return after the IS continues to lose grip over Iraq. The NIA has launched an extensive investigation on 'IS recruit' after a man from Kannur (Kerala) arrested in New Delhi with suspected IS links on July 11. There are reports that IS-joined Indian youth may use forged documents to return the country. The NIA has directed the Immigration departments at airports across the country to remain on high alert. The NIA had already sent the list of those who left the country to join IS. The list includes 183 youth from Kerala in which 95 are in Namgarhar in Afghanistan and rest are suspected to be at Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

Among the Keralites in the list, 88 are from Kasragod, 33 from Kannur, 28 from Malappuram, 19 from Kozhikode, six from Kollam and five from Palakkad. The NIA has revised the list including those who went missing after reaching Gulf countries. Following NIA warning, the IB has issued a 'Red-corner notice' to the immigration departments at the airports across the country. Besides, Indian embassies in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran and UAE have been told to remain on high alert while issuing documents especially to those who lost passports. It must be noted that Subahani Haji of Thodupuzha in Idukki District in Kerala, had returned from Syria in 2015 and worked as IS agent till he was arrested in 2016 by NIA.

Non-violent
30 July 24 Kerala

In the recent times, Kerala has fast emerged as a hot bed of terror-related activities with many having close links with the Islamic State (IS). What is certainly an alarming situation for the Indian security agencies, many residents of Kerala are believed to have forged strong links with the IS. Though the agency didn't confirm the number of IS recruits, it, however, quoted the sources saying that suspects have gone to Syria to join the dreaded terror outfit.

Non-violent
31 August 1

Kerala

A 23-year-old man from Kasaragod District of Kerala who was suspected to have joined Islamic State (IS) in 2016, was reportedly killed in an air strike in Afghanistan. Police said his father had received a message through Telegram app two days ago informing him about the death of Marwan Ismail of Thrikkaripur in an undisclosed location in Afghanistan. The message purportedly sent by one Asfaq Majeed, one of the 21 youths from Kerala who allegedly went missing and joined the IS, did not provide more details about Marwan or the place where he was killed. Marwan had been working as a physiotherapist in a Gulf nation before joining the terror group last year, Police said.

Non-violent
32 August 3

Alappuzha

Three persons have been taken into custody by the NIA on the charge that they were affiliated with the Islamic State (IS). The NIA arrested one person from Alappuzha in Kerala and two from Coimbatore. They were detained after raids at their residence following inputs that they were in contact with suspected IS recruits from South India. Data storage devices, mobile phones and other materials were seized. The raids were conducted after obtaining orders from the NIA court in Kochi. Alok Mittal, Inspector-General, NIA, confirmed the detention and said no arrest had been recorded. An NIA Kochi team is interrogating the Alappuzha native, who is employed by a private firm in Kochi, and the two others. Reports said the detained men were maintaining social media contact with suspected IS recruits. The NIA raids were linked to the investigation in a case regarding the Umar Al Hindi module and a meeting held by its members in Kanakamala in Kannur District of Kerala, in October, 2017. According to the NIA charge sheet in the case, members of the module - youth from Kerala and Tamil Nadu entered into a criminal conspiracy to wage war against the Government of India.

Non-violent
33 August 4

Kerala

The NIA was questioning two more persons from the Coimbatore city (Tamil Nadu), believed to be 'close friends' of the duo who were interrogated two days ago in connection with an Islamic State (IS) module busted in Kannur District (Kerala) last year. A team of officials, led by a DSP from Kerala arrived in Coimbatore and took the youths to a Police station for "questioning" about the movement of their friends from Karumbukadai and Ukkadam in the Coimbatore city. According to Police sources, one youth is running a shop that sells second-hand books and the other a shoe outlet in the city. They would either be released after questioning or taken to Kochi, they said.

In the past few days, NIA has questioned "a few persons" from Coimbatore and Alappuzha in Kerala as part of its probe in connection with an Islamic State module busted in Kannur District in 2016. Report adds that Basil Shihab of Alappuzha (Kerala), Abdul Rahman, of Ukkadam in Coimbatore, and S Abdullah, of Karumbukadai in Coimbatore, are being questioned by the NIA team at its Kochi office since August 4. Their interrogation will continue on August 6 too. The NIA had on August 3 carried out searches at the residences of these youths.

Non-violent
34 August 8

Kerala

Forty-two people linked with various organisations, including IS (Islamic State), were suspected to have gone missing from Kerala in last five years, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said. There was no information about these missing people, Vijayan said in a written reply in the state Assembly, adding that all cases connected with IS were probed by the NIA. Vijayan also said that the state government did not receive any confirmation report from central agencies about the death of any of these missing persons.

Non-violent
35 August 10

New Delhi

The SC ordered the Kerala Police to hand over to the NIA the probe records of a case concerning the alleged conversion and radicalisation of a Hindu girl, and her marriage to a Muslim. A Bench led by CJI, J.S. Khehar said the NIA had to get involved to gauge whether this was an "isolated case" or part of a radicalisation trend in the southern State, threatening National Security. When the lawyer for Shafin Jahan protested the move, the court promptly recorded its "impression" that he "does not desire the correct and independent view of the controversy".

Non-violent
36 August 11

Kerala

The NIA filed a charge sheet against Islamic State (IS) operative Moinudheen Parakadavath, who was a member of outfit called Ansar-ul-Khilafah Kerala (soldiers of the Caliphate as propagated by IS), formed by Shajeer Mangalessary. Moinudheen, a resident of Kasaragod District, had also travelled to Tehran (Iran) along with the group leader Shajeer and even met five members of the 22 missing persons from Kerala, who are now in Afghanistan, at the Iran border. He was deported from UAE on February 15, 2017.

He had told the investigators that the eight member group wanted to target several Hindu leaders, Ahmadiyya mosques and Jamaat-e-Islami Hind to "create ripples" in India and mark IS's presence. In one of his conversations in a closed IS group on `Telegram' channel, he had informed NIA officials, that someone posted details of a Jamaat-e-Islami programme to be held in Kochi last year (2016) where Rahul Eashwar, a Hindu orator, was invited as a speaker. "One person suggested that we should target such events. I suggested that Kochi Jewish temple is also close to the venue. Someone suggested that we should use a bike to carry out the attack. But I suggested that we should use a tipper lorry for the attack," Moinudheen said during his interrogation. About the missing 22 persons from Kerala, who are now said to be in Nangarhar in Afghanistan, Moinudheen had said that while he tried to reach IS territory via Tehran in June 2016, he met five of them on the Iraq border.

"I was travelling from Abu Dhabi to Tehran with Shajeer Mangalasseri Abdulla, another resident of Kasaragod in Kerala. We reached Tehran in June. After travelling 15 hours from Tehran to the city of Mashhad in Iran, we were informed on chat that there were some Keralites in Mashhad who were also travelling to IS territory and if we would like to meet them," he said. "We met five persons from Kasaragod in Mashhad - Dr Ijas, Marwan, Manzad, Hafeesudheen and one more person whose name I don't remember," he told his interrogators.

Non-violent
37 August 13

Malabar region

The NIA has received information that the major chunk of foreign funds routed from Qatar to Malabar region (Kerala) in the name of charity works has been distributed to agencies related to an organisation having alleged links with terror outfits. Around INR 96 crore was received by agencies affiliated to this organisation. Sources said the money has been transferred to various parts of the country.

Earlier, officials had received information that the perpetrators of terror attacks in Hyderabad and Bengaluru received financial assistance from Kerala. According to NIA, majority of the NGOs that received funds exist only in paper. Further, it is learnt that the functionaries of the outfit, who are under the clouds of suspicion for their role in recruitment to Islamic State (IS) and terror outfits in Kashmir, have purchased properties and buildings in Wayanad, Kozhikode, Malappuram Districts. Officials have raised suspicions that foreign funds were used for major real estate deals carried out before the demonetisation. It may be noted that the NGO was active in social service and other philanthropic activities in the last five years and the office-bearers used it as a cover to receive funds from Qatar.

Non-violent
38 August 19 Kerala

With the country ranking second globally for online searches on the Islamic State (IS), the Kerala Police have been on a high alert to spot the potential homegrown recruits who are being radicalised online. A senior officer with the Kerala Police said a good number of these searches on the outlawed outfit were from the State, also alluding to the possible radicalisation of youths through the Internet. "We have prioritized about 60 user accounts associated with or sharing extremist material and have zoomed in to examine the persons of interest closely,'' the official said. The majority of these groups intend to propagate the ideology of Islamic terrorism by posting communally flared up videos and pictures coupled with vitriolic messages, while there are also a few that espouse the cause of a Hindu Rashtra and LWE. The department has succeeded in sneaking into some of these groups using fake profiles. Besides the social media accounts, the Police are also monitoring their Internet usage patterns and the kind of websites they are surfing to trace their interaction with the terror outfit's propagandists in West Asia.

According to officers, the number of these groups almost remained stable over the past several months. They, however, have noticed a recent trend of some of the members of these groups making one-to-one communications on their individual capacity as well. Besides monitoring their activities, the Police often disrupt their messages and even delete whole of their contents and post counter-messages. Besides, tracking the handlers of these pages and booking them under IPC 153(A) may not be practical given that the majority of them are settled abroad, report said.

Non-violent
39 August 29

Malappuram

Weeks after he went missing, a Kerala youth, identified as Najeeb (24) has sent a Telegram app message to his family that he has escaped from among the kafirs (unbelievers) and soon would become Shaheed (martyr). The message has raised suspicion that the MTech student of Malappuram, has moved out of country. Police on August 28 registered a missing case following a complaint from his mother, Khamarunnisa, a school teacher. Police sources said they could not trace Najeeb, who has not been home for weeks. A message informing that he has met with true jihadis which was sent to his mother via Telegram messenger triggered suspicion about the youth. The message further said: "There is no meaning in living with kafirs and I have escaped from the world of kafirs.'' Najeeb advised his mother not to inform Police. Following this message, the mother filed a complaint.

Intelligence sources said they suspect the youth might have joined the Islamic State (IS), going by the nature of his message. "However, we could not confirm it. All airports have been alerted and probe is on. We began the probe today (August 29). We have not got any details regarding his whereabouts,'' a source said. Najeeb's father is employed in the UAE and he had completed his education there. He is an MTech student in Vellore in Tamil Nadu. Informing his family in Kerala that he was going for some special coaching programmes, Najeeb had recently moved to Hyderabad in Telangana. Police sources said the family had recently noticed changes in his behaviour. He had been close to his family, particularly mother. But recently, he had become aloof.

Non-violent
40 September 7

Kerala

NIA has shared details with UMHA of four terror probes where cadres of PFI and its political arm SDPI were chargesheeted or convicted under the UAPA. The four cases related to chopping of a professor's palm in Kerala's Idukki District; holding of a training camp in Kannur from where NIA allegedly seized swords, country-made bombs and ingredients for making IEDs; murder of RSS leader Rudresh in Bengaluru and the Islamic State- IS Al-Hindi module case in which attacks were plotted in south India.

Based on its probe findings, NIA has claimed that PFI pursues a strategy aimed at communalising Indian polity, enforcing Taliban brand of Islam, heightening existing social divisions and maintaining a trained bank of volunteers for physical actions. "PFI had consistently been indulging in actions detrimental to overall national security," NIA said while blaming the outfit for seeking to impose religious orthodoxy on Muslims and using sister outfits like Sathya Sarani based in Malappuram to carry out "forceful conversions", with the most recent cases being that of Akhila Asokan and Athira Nambiar in which PFI women's wing chief Sainaba A S name figures.

The dossier pointed out that many of PFI's founding leaders were associated with SIMI before it was banned. This includes former PFI chairman E M Abdurahiman, who was all-India general secretary of SIMI in 1980-81 and 1982-93, PFI national vice-chairman P Koya who was with SIMI in 1978-79 and SDPI president E Aboobacker who was Kerala state president of SIMI in 1982-84, among others.

Non-violent
41 September 11 Kerala

The Centre is mulling a crackdown on 'radical' outfit Popular Front of India (PFI), including banning it under the UAPA, over alleged involvement of its cadres in terror activities, sources in the UMHA said. "We have enough material on PFI's terror links. The time has come to act and carry out a crackdown on it," an unnamed senior UMHA official said days after the NIA submitted a dossier to the ministry detailing four terror cases in which its PFI cadres have been chargesheeted or convicted under UAPA. The cases relate to chopping of a professor's hand in Idukki, Kerala; holding of a training camp in Kannur from where swords and country-made bombs were allegedly seized; murder of RSS leader Rudresh in Bengaluru; and the Islamic State Al-Hindi Module case in which accused from Kerala and Tamil Nadu planned to hit targets in south India.

Non-violent
42 September 28

Kerala

Catholic priest from Kerala Reverend Father Tom Uzhunnalil, who was rescued from the Islamic State (IS) or ISIS captivity in Yemen, arrived in New Delhi. After his arrival at the IGI Airport in New Delhi, Father Uzhunnalil said, "Very happy, thank almighty for making this day possible. All people who have worked in their own ways, I am grateful." Reverend Father Uzhunnalil was allegedly abducted from Yemen by ISIS on March 4, 2016, before releasing him on September 12. Soon after his release, Father Uzhunnalil was brought to the Vatican and efforts were made with the intervention of Oman, India to bring him back to his hometown in Ramapuram at Kottayam District of Kerala.

Non-violent
43 October 2

Kerala

UMHA held a series of meetings last week to review the terror cases involving PFI's cadre which are being probed by NIA and Police forces of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. PFI, which claims to be an NGO, could face action under the UAPA, if the UMHA concludes that it is sufficiently linked with cases of jihadi terror and promotes Islamic fundamentalism. UMHA sources said there is enough material against PFI, including a dossier from NIA detailing role of its cadres in six terror cases probed by and inputs from states where the organisation's members face allegations of religious extremism, terror and 'forced' conversions to justify a ban.

However, NIA recently added to its dossier that originally cited four terror cases involving PFI cadres - chopping of a professor's hand in Kerala's Idukki District, a training camp in Kannur where NIA seized swords and ingredients for making IEDs, murder of RSS leader Rudresh in Bengaluru and the Islamic State Al-Hindi Module case in which IS-inspired youth from Kerala and Tamil Nadu planned to target prominent people and places in South India. Two more cases involving alleged PFI cadres were cited - that of Hadiya alias Akhila Asokan's "forced" conversion and the 2017 IS-Islamic State/Daesh Chennai case where linkages to PFI have surfaced.

Non-violent
44 October 6

Ernakulam District

The NIA questioned a 26-yer-old youth, identified as Amir in Mettupalayam in Coimbatore Rural District of Tamil Nadu for his suspected links with the militant group Islamic State (IS/ISIS). The youth, who is running a mobile sales and service shop, was picked up by a NIA team from Kochi in Ernakulam District of Kerala on October 6th morning. Amir, who has no criminal record in the local police stations, was taken to Mettupalayam station and questioned him. NIA officials recovered a mobile phone and five SIM cards from him. After questioning him for hours, the officials let him go. He was asked to appear before them in Kochi on October 9.

Non-violent
45 October 9

Kannur District

The NIA arrested one accused, identified as Azharudeen aka Azhar (24) for organising a terror camp in Kerala's Kannur District in 2013. The person arrested was a resident of Narath in Kerala. The counter-terror agency said the arrest involved the April 23, 2013, case when the secret training camp was organised by Thanal Foundation Trust inside one of its building to impart training in using of swords and explosives. The case was first registered by the state police, before it was taken over by the NIA in August 2013.

Non-violent
46 October 22

Kerala

Indian security agencies are looking for information about a doctor, believed to be from of Kerala, who recently featured into a propaganda video of Islamic State (IS). Abu Muqatil al-Hindi, who appears to be in his mid-forties and speaks with a thick accent, is seen exhorting medical professionals from across the world to join the healthcare services at the IS-held zones of Syria in the name of Islamic brotherhood. Agencies point out to another doctor in the same video, named Abu Yusuf al-Australi who turned out to be Dr Tareq Kamleh from Adelaide (Australia) who joined the terror outfit in 2015. "We strongly suspect al-Hindi to be at the helm of recruiting jihad-sympathisers from India," a top security official said. "Shahjahan Velluva Kandy from Kannur (Kerala), who was deported from Turkey after he was caught trying to sneak into ISIS territory, had revealed during questioning that at least six persons from the state have joined ranks in Syria," the official said.

Non-violent
47 October 25

Kannur District

Three youths from Kerala, identified as Midilaj K.C (26), Rashid M.P (23), and Abdul Razakh K (24) who joined the Islamic State (IS) and left the country to undergo training in Syria were arrested by the Police in Kannur District of Kerala on October 25 after four months of Police surveillance. The youths were arrested by the Valapattanam Police in Kannur District after they were questioned by Police officers led by the Kannur DSP P.P. Sadanandan. They had been under surveillance after they returned to the country four months ago from Turkey.

Police said that they had gone to Turkey and stayed there for three to four months and had been captured by Turkish authorities while they were trying to cross the border to Syria. Valapattanam Police registered a case against the three on charges of joining a banned terrorist organisation under Sections 38 and 39 of the UAPA. Hinting that more arrests would be made in the coming days, Sadanandan said that those who had gone to Syria and Afghanistan to join IS saw themselves as participants in hijira (migration), and members of Islamic fighters for Ghazwa-e-Hind (conquest of India). The latest case relates to those who returned to the country after joining IS, the Police were also probing cases of IS fighters from the region who had been killed in Syria and Afghanistan and those who were still fighting in those countries, he added.

Non-violent
48 October 25

Kannur District

Five Kerala youths, Shahanad (25) of Chalad, Rishal (30) of Valapattanam, Shameer (45) of Pappinissery and his son Safwan (20), Shajil (30) of Koodali (all from Kannur District) were among those who were reportedly killed in Syria and Afghanistan. In the neighbouring Kasaragod District, five of the 21 people from Padanna who had gone to Afghanistan had been confirmed dead, Police said adding that two youths from neighbouring Vadakara in Kozhikode District were also reportedly dead. Police also identified Manaf and Shameer of Valapattanam and Abdul Qayyoom of Mayyil in Kannur District as an IS fighter still in Syria.

Non-violent
49 October 26

Thalassery / Kannur District

Two more persons suspected of having links to the terror group Islamic State (IS) were arrested in Kannur District of Kerala. With this, the number of persons apprehended in IS terror connection from Kerala so far has raised to five. Thalassery natives Hamza aka Taliban Hamza and Manaf were picked up in the morning, Kannur District DSP PP Sadananandan said. "Hamza, who has strong connections with the terror outfit's high command, was behind the recruitment of youths from the state for IS... He had worked in Gulf countries for more than 20 years," he said. About six months ago, Manaf was prevented by authorities at Mangalore airport in Karnataka from leaving the country, the official said. All the five suspects were put under surveillance for the last months, he added. The accused have been charged under sections 38 and 39 of UAPA.

Non-violent
50 November 2

Kannur District

The Kerala Police confirmed that six more youth from Kannur District have joined the Islamic State (IS) in Syria. The Police said these people were active workers of the PFI in Kerala. Those who have been identified now are Abdul Khayyoom (25), resident of Chekikulam near Kuttiattoor, Abdul Manaf P P (30), resident of Valapattanam, Shabeer Muhammed Shafi (33), resident of Mooppanpara in Valapattanam, his relative Suhail and his wife Rizwana, and Safwan (18), resident of Pazhanjirapally in Pappinissery (All in Kannur District). Kannur DSP P P Sadanandan said that all six men were active as PFI activists in the state. Police said that these men managed to move out of India, possibly to Syria, with fake passports.

Police said that the families of four of them are in Syria, and efforts are on to get their complete details. Khayyoom went to Syria on April 18, 2017, while Abdul Manaf travelled using a fake passport, said Police. Moreover, he was a close associate of Shahjahan Velluva, another IS operative who was arrested in Delhi a few months ago. When Shahjahan and his group reached Istanbul (Turkey) in an effort to sneak in to Syria, Manaf had met them, but the group could not coordinate and their bid to enter Syria failed, and they were deported. Suhail reached Syria from Dubai in 2016, said Police. Last week, the investigating team had confirmed the death of Safwan's brother Salman and their father T V Shameer in Syria, along with three others from the District.

Non-violent
51 November 8

Kerala

Kerala Police have registered a case against eight persons for joining the Islamic State (IS) and going to Syria to wage the 'holy war'. The case has been registered against Shybu Nihar from Thamarassery in Kozhikode District, Shahnad from Kannur District, Mansoor from Kondotty in Malappuram District, Mansoor from Vadakara in Kozhikode District, Fajid from Koyilandi in Kozhikode District, Ashraf Moulavi from Vaniyambalam in Malappuram District, Safeer from Perumbavoor in Ernakulam District and Muhadhis from Vaniyambalam in Malappuram District. Among them, Shahnad, Mansoor (Kondotty), Mansoor (Vadakara) and Muhadhis are believed to be killed in Syria.

Wandoor Police have registered the case under Section 38 and 39 of the UAPA on the basis of confessions of U K Hamza, a Thalassery (Kannur District) native who was arrested by Police on October 26. They said Hamza had confessed that he met Shybu while he was in Bahrain 20 years ago and that they used to discuss religious matters. They were in contact after Hamza left Bahrain. Shybu told Hamza that some youths had already left for Syria to join the IS. Hamza said the youths had contacted him over phone to clear their doubts on doing Hijra (migration) to Islamic countries. Quoting various religious texts, Hamza advised them that it would be better to go to Syria. The group had met at various places, including at the houses of Hamza and Ashraf Moulavi. Hamza further told the police the youths had told him that Ashraf Moulavi and Safeer had conducted classes at a Salafi centre in Bahrain. It was reported that Moulavi and Safeer had an important role in radicalising youths, known as the `Bahrain Group'. District Police Chief Debesh Kumar Behra said the group of men who were in Bahrain were on the radar of the State's investigation agency.

Non-violent
52 November 9

Kochi

The trial in the first Islamic State (IS)-related case registered in Kerala, in which 15 persons from Kasaragod District migrated to Afghanistan to join the terror group, began at the NIA Court in Kochi. NIA-II Court judge Santhosh Kumar examined three witnesses on the first day of the trial. The lone arrested person, Yasmeen Mohammed Zahid of Bihar was produced at the court as part of the trial.

"The witnesses examined by the court on the first day include the brother of Abdulla Abdul Rashid of Kasaragod, his aunt and a village officer, who is an official witness. Abdul Abdulla Rashid is the prime accused in the case and his brother has deposed some crucial matters regarding the case before the judge. As many as five witnesses will be examined on Friday," an NIA officer said. Though there are 16 accused persons in the case, the NIA had filed the first chargesheet against Rashid and Yasmeen. The probe against the other accused is still proceeding. There are 68 prosecution witnesses in the case. The witness examination will be completed on December 4. NIA prosecutor Arjun Ambalapatta appeared for the investigation agency.

Non-violent
53 November 9

Kozhikode

The Kozhikode Rural Police arrested three youths, identified as Aswin Venugopal (26), Mohammed Aslam (24) and Sanal Sahadevan (31) in connection with the FICN distribution case from Kozhikode District. According to Police, the youths joined the FICN network hoping to make money enough for their silver screen entry. The youngsters were allegedly lured to the gang by the three persons who were arrested by the Rural Police from Karnataka. Earlier, Police had arrested P V Gold Joseph, M Shihab and Josephs's nephew Vipin and recovered printers and FICN to the tune of INR 32 lakh. According to Police, the gangsters have distributed counterfeit currency notes to the tune of INR 1 crore in Kerala and Karnataka. The currency notes were in the denominations of 2000 and 500. All the six arrests were made after the arrest of Punaloor Sabu from Koduvally in Kozhikode District while trying to fill fuel from a petrol pump by giving fake note in 500 denominations.

Non-violent
54 November 10

Kochi

A 25-year old woman filed a petition in the Kerala High Court accusing her husband of forcing her into marriage and conversion and attempting to sell her as a sex slave to the Islamic State (IS). The woman has claimed that her husband Muhammed Riyaz is a member of Popular Front of India (PFI), which has been under the scanner for its alleged terror links. In her plea, the woman, a native of Kerala who was born and brought up in Gujarat, stated that she met Riyaz in Bengaluru (Karnataka) and the two got into a relationship. Riyaz later recorded a private video and forced the woman to change her religion and marry him using the footage. victim also stated that she was taken to Saudi Arabia and made to join the ISIS in Syria. Somehow, the girl managed to contact her parents and asked them to rescue her. The case will be considered by the court on November 13.

Non-violent
55 November 11

Kannur

Around 100 persons from Kerala are suspected to have joined the Islamic State (IS) over the years, Kerala Police said in Kannur. The Kerala Police has collected evidence in this regard, including over 300 voice clips and messages from WhatsApp, Telegram messaging applications and other social media platforms, sources said. The latest proof was an audio clip from a woman, wherein she can be heard informing her kin in Kannur District about the death of her husband, who had joined IS. The woman can be heard saying her husband Shajil was killed recently in the 'jihadi war'. According to the audio clip, she and her two children are still in Syria, the sources said. The woman can be heard telling her kin that many Keralite women, who have lost their husbands, and their children are in Syria, they said. The voice clip was received by Shajil's brother. Police have another audio clip from one Qayoom, whose photos in the IS uniform are available on the Internet, the source said.

Statement
56 November 12

Kochi

The NIA has confirmed that the youths from Kasaragod District of Kerala, who had fled the country last year (2016), have joined the Islamic State (IS) in Nangarhar Province in Afghanistan. In the charge-sheet filed against Yasmin Muhammad, who was arrested at the Delhi airport while she was allegedly trying to leave for Kabul on August 1, 2016, NIA states that some of the youths, who are in Afghanistan, "are still spreading the messages in favour of the IS and are inviting others join the terror organization." There are 15 persons in the charge-sheet who have been charged under Section 120 (B), and Sections 38, 39 and 40 of the UAPA. NIA took over the case on August 23, 2016 from the State Police after initial investigation. According to the NIA, witnesses have revealed that Abdul Rashid had taken secret classes in support of IS to motivate others 'in the path of violent jihad terming it as holy war, by showing them online propaganda material of ISIS like the Dabiq magazine.' "Investigation by the NIA has established that Abdul Rashid (first accused) along with his wife Sonia Sebastian alias Ayisha had taken secret classes in support of the proscribed organization ISIS and violent jihad, as propagated by it, during last part of Ramadan, sometime in the month of July, 2015," said the chargesheet.

The charge-sheet further added that the "mobile communication made by the absconding accused with their relatives, over internet-based social media platforms, have been recovered during investigation and the same establish that the absconding accused Sajid is staying at same place as Murshid." It is believed that two among the youth, Hafeesudeen and Marwan have been killed in the battle. The charge-sheet said, "The mobile phone, SIM Cards and memory cards seized from the possession of accused Yasmin Mohammed were subjected to digital forensic examination. The two memory cards contain pro-ISIS propaganda videos, videos advocating violent jihad, ISIS propaganda material as PDF documents, besides certain communication amongst the accused." The charge-sheet has the passport details and travel information of all the accused.

Abdul Rashid and Ayesha left via Mumbai airport on May, 31, 2016 on the flight WY 204. Muhammad Sajid went through Mumbai on March 31, 2016 on the flight AL 983 and Muhammad Murshid on November 11, 2015 on the flight 9W502. Muhammad Marwan and Hafeesudheen also left the country through Mumbai airport on June 5, 2016 on the flight EK 507. Firoskhan left India on July, 5, 2016 on flight EY 203, Shamsiya, Ashfak and Muhammad Manzad departed the Mumbai airport on July 2, 2016 EK 507. Dr Ijas and Refeala had gone via Hyderabad airport on July 2, 2106 on WY 232 flight and Shihas and Ajmala via Bengaluru on May, 24, 2016 on the flight KU 354.

Non-violent
57 November 14

Kerala

A Malayalam audio clip, claiming to be from the Islamic State (IS), has surfaced on the internet calling for war against India and conducting lone-wolf terror attacks on crowds thronging Indian festival events like Kumbh Mela (major Hindu religious festival in North India) and Thirssur Pooram (major Hindu Temple festival in Kerala). The male voice in the 10-minute clip liberally quotes from the Quran with an authentic Arabic pronunciation. It claims that it is the 50th audio clip from Daulatul Islam (house of believers). "You use your intellect. Poison them in food. Use trucks. Drive over them at Thirssur pooram or at Maha Kumbh Mela. IS Mujahideen are doing it in several parts of the world. In Las Vegas, one of our supporters killed many people at a music concert. At least you should try to derail a train. Or use a knife," the clip said.

Police sources said the audio clip has been transmitted over Telegram Messenger from Afghanistan and its voice belongs to Rashid Abdullah, the leader of the Kasaragod IS module who left to join Islamic State in Afghanistan. He has been chargesheeted by NIA under IPC sections 120B r/w 125 and UAPA Sections 38, 39 and 40. There has also been an Interpol red notice issued against him. The case against him came to light after his father filed a Police complaint last year saying Rashid Abdullah, his wife and son were missing from Kasaragod.

The clip in question says that Muslims should go for hijrah (migrate) from Darul Kufr (house of non-believers) to Darul Islam (house of believers). "If you are not able to do that despite your prayers and efforts, then you should financially support Daulatul Islam and Islamic State," it says. According to sources, Rashid Abdulla's previous audio clips had only urged people to perform hijrah. However, in his 50th clip, he has changed his tone and has made an open call for attacks in India, which he has described as a country where 'Hindus rule.' "Many are trying to finish IS and khilafat. We have been reduced to nothing in many parts. But, Daultaul Islam is still active and we will fight until the last man," the clip adds. Responding to the audio clip, former special Director of Cabinet Secretariat, V Balachandran said, "This is very serious. They are going to take the battle to India from Europe and Middle East."

Non-violent
58 November 15

Kerala

Kerala Police have come across a money trail behind the migration of youths from Kannur (Kannur District) to fight for the Islamic State (IS) in Syria. Police sources said the money was handed over to the recruited persons by K O P Thasleem, a native of Pappinissery in Kannur District. "All those who either migrated to Syria or tried to sneak into that country from Kannur have got financial assistance to the tune of $400 each. They were paid through Popular Front of India [PFI] activist Thasleem, who channelled the funds from the Gulf through a hawala route. Thasleem has been in Sharjah for the last six months and we now suspect he has moved to Syria,'' a Police source said.

Sources said documents seized from the houses of the arrested persons substantiated the money transactions. "We are yet to look into the sources who have channelled the money from the Gulf through Thasleem. The amount handed over to the recruited persons was meant only to meet their travel and other expenses. We have not come across any evidence to suggest that money was paid to lure youths to join the IS,'' the source said. Two weeks back, Police in Kannur had arrested six persons who had earlier tried to go to Syria but were deported by security agencies. Based on the input received from the arrested persons, Police said five others from Kannur were still fighting in Syria, while five others had been killed since 2015.

Non-violent
59 November 15

Kerala

The national executive member of the PFI, P Koya said that getting killed in an unknown country that, too, for a mysterious organization which has ulterior motive is not the martyrdom envisaged in Islam. Inaugurating a public meeting held here against the Islamic State (IS), he said martyrdom in Islam is sacrificing life in the fight against injustice. "IS is a dubious outfit, the origin of which is shrouded in mystery," he said. Koya said that only less than 150 Muslims have reportedly joined IS from India which has 18 crore Muslims. "That means IS has not succeeded in influencing the Muslim population in the country'" he said.

Non-violent
60 November 17

Kerala

Kerala Police are on the lookout for a former PFI worker from Kannur District who is suspected to have raised funds for the Islamic State (IS) cadres from the State to travel to Syria. Thasleem, from Pappinassery in Kannur District, is presently in the Gulf and is an accused in eight cases related to the clashes between the PFI and the CPM, Police said. "Thasleem had handed over $400 to two of the IS cadres who were leaving the country at the Kannur railway station premises. He had also arranged money for another group in the Gulf," said a Police officer. PFI Kannur district president V K Noufal said that Thasleem had dissociated from the organisation ever since he left for the Gulf around seven years ago. "He used to come to Pappinassery while on leave but never contacted our organisation. We learnt that Thasleem was in Kannur around six months ago," he said.

Police have also found out that V K Shajahan, the PFI worker from Koodali in Kannur District who was arrested from Turkey for trying to sneak into Syria four months ago, had received money sent from Kannur while he was in the Gulf. The money was sent through 'reverse hawala' channels operating in Kerala and the Gulf. A businessman from Kannur, who was in the WhatsApp group of IS leader Abdul Rashid Abdualla, is also in the radar of the Police for lending financial help to the IS module from Kannur.

Non-violent
61 November 19

Kerala

Considering the gravity of the growing Islamic State (IS) related activities, the Kerala Police machinery has been forced to change its operational procedures and the State is now in high alert mode. Ever since the first migration of Malayalees to join IS in Syria and Afghanistan was reported in June 2016, Kerala Police have been on the trail of suspected IS operatives in the State. With the latest audio clip of Rashid Abdullah, the leader of the Kasaragod group which left for Syria to join IS, exhorting IS modules to unleash lone wolf attacks in Kerala, the Police have become even more determined to go for an all out offensive drive.

State Police chief Loknath Behera said the situation has become very alarming and the Police have taken necessary operational measures to counter IS activities. "We are fully geared up. The entire force has been put on high alert," he said. Though the State Police have been tracking the activities of dedicated IS cells camouflaged in the form of other organisations, the real, functioning modules in the State were identified after a dedicated Kerala Police started to coordinate with Central agencies in analyzing various communication channels of the suspects. "We have been interacting with Central agencies on various levels to ensure we don't miss any leads in the investigation into IS activities in the state," said a senior intelligence officer.

A few senior police officers in north Kerala have been specifically tasked with keeping track of the activities of a few suspects flagged for their association with certain organisations clandestinely supporting IS modules in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. "In the past two years, a few suspects have flown to West Asia to raise funds using the cover of some organisations, said the intelligence officer. "The fund is used to strengthen IS activities in Kerala.

Non-violent
62 November 21

Kerala

The NIA have intensified search for more than 20 suspected Islamic State (IS) recruits, including 12 Keralites, who they believe, might have returned to the country from Syria. According to information provided by foreign intelligence agencies, the members of the IS's Bahrain module, who were engaged in militant activities in Syria, have returned to the country. Most of them found their way back home via Turkey and had used fake passports. NIA has handed over the details of 12 Malayalees to the Kerala Police. Eleven people are from Kannur (Kannur District) and Kasaragod (Kasaragod District) regions and one belongs to Malappuram (Malappuram District).

A total of 97 Indians were learned to have joined the terror outfit's Bahrain module. Of them, 67 people migrated to the war-torn regions of Syria. Fifteen of them were killed in various conflicts.

Non-violent
63 November 22

Kerala

The NSG is planning to train their commandos exclusively to deal with 'lone wolf' terror attacks using vehicles at public places. The elite SF has taken this decision in the wake of some recent incidents across the world where terrorists used vehicles to mow down people at crowded places. According to sources, the NSG is likely to send their commandos to European countries to get training to deal with 'lone wolf' attacks. This comes amid Indian authorities fearing a possible attack by the Islamic State (IS) on places of religious significance like Kumbh Mela (major Hindu religious festival in North India) and Thirssur Pooram (major Temple festival in Kerala).

Non-violent
64 November 26

Thrissur

The Railway Police on the basis of an intelligence tip-off have warned of a likely security threat to the lives of commuters, especially Ayyappa devotees, in Thrissur (Thrissur District of Kerala) from the so-called Islamic State (IS) terror outfit. According to the advisory received by the Station Master at the Thrissur Railway station, the IS operatives might well poison the potable water provided at the station as part of the terror design. Hence, the Station Master has been advised to undertake a safety audit of the food and potable water made available to commuters and Sabarimala pilgrims.

Thrissur Station Master K R Jayakumar said he had indeed received a tip-off in this regard from the Railway Police. He revealed the missive specifically referred to a possible bid by the IS operatives to lace the potable water with poison. "We are not taking any chances and viewing the issue in all seriousness. The water tanks and food items will be properly inspected and regular checking will be carried out," Jayakumar said.

Non-violent
65 November 26

Kerala

State Police Chief Loknath Behera cautioned people against spreading threat messages through social media, claiming to be those of IS (Islamic State). Against the backdrop of Police issuing an alert to railway authorities in Thrissur, Behra said it was a normal Policing activity and there was no need to panic. "Every aspect of threat messages, including their veracity, is being inquired into by the police. We normally give certain alert messages to the authorities concerned, as a precaution and to remain alert. We are keeping a watch on the critical infrastructure of public interest." said a statement from Police chief.

Statement
66 December 3

Kerala

The NIA probe has found that Shafin Jahan - husband of Akhila Asokan alias 'Hadiya', was allegedly in contact with two members of IS - Manseed and P. Safvan - through group chats on Facebook, during the months preceding his marriage with Hadiya. Manseed and P. Safvan were arrested by the NIA and chargesheeted in a case related to the criminal conspiracy to target the judges of the High Court, Senior Police Officers and well-known political leaders in South India, says the report.

Non-violent
67 December 17

Kannur

The NIA has registered a case against five men from Kannur in Kerala for allegedly being members of the IS. The men had gone missing from Kannur between 2015 and 2017 and are suspected to be in Syria. In October 2017, Kerala Police had booked the five - Midhilaj (26), Abdul Rasak (34), M V Rashid (24), Manaf Rahman (42) and U K Hamsa (57). The central probe agency said it has taken over the case from the Kerala Police. The NIA case against the five was registered under the UAPA for "being members of the proscribed terrorist organisation, ISIS/Daesh, and for supporting the organisation by travelling out of India to join the terrorist organisation in Syria and fight on its behalf". Some of the accused, NIA sources said, had been activists of PFI. According to them, one of the suspects used fake passport to move out of India while one of them is suspected to have died fighting. Abdul Manaf Rahman, from Valapattanam in Kannur, allegedly went to Syria on a fake passport. Manaf allegedly had close links with Valluva Kandy Shajahan, who was arrested by Delhi Police in July after his deportation from Turkey. U K Hamsa is suspected to be behind prompting the youths from Kannur to move to Syria. Hamsa, who lived in Bahrain for two decades, had close links with IS ideologue Abu Thurki, according to Police.

Non-violent
68 December 19 Kannur

A youth from Kannur in Kannur District of Kerala, who is allegedly an activist of the PFI and now working in a Gulf country, is under the Police scanner for his suspected links with the IS operatives from Kerala. DSP of Kannur P.P. Sadanandan, who is probing the IS-related cases, said investigation was under way into the suspected links of K.O.P. Thasleem, PFI activist from Pappinissery (Kannur District), with two youths who had gone to Syria or tried to reach there to join the IS. He said the youths were provided financial assistance by Thasleem, who had also collected funds from various sources in the Gulf. The Police had registered a case against him. The DSP said the Police had already collected evidence that established the money trail linked to the recruitment of youths to the IS in Syria.

Non-violent
2016

Sl. No.

Date

Place

Incident

Nature

1

January 1

Kerala

NIA filed its final charge sheet in December 2007 Wagamon SIMI arms training camp case against two absconding accused Wasiq Billa and Alam Jeb Afridi for alleged sedition and other offences. They have been charged with participation in terror activities and association with terror groups besides criminal conspiracy and violation of Arms Act among others in the charge sheet filed before the special court for trial of NIA cases in Ernakulam, Kerala.

NIA has alleged that they conducted camps at Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat from December 10, 2007 to December 12, 2007. They organized a secret training camp at Thangalpara, Wagamon within the limits of Mundakayam Police Station, Kottayam (Kerala).The agency alleged that the SIMI cadre were involved in physical training, arms training, firing practices, manufacture of bombs/petrol bombs, motor bike racing, rope climbing practices in the camp.

They also allegedly conducted "jihadi" classes in the camp with an intention to train the cadres to advocate, incite and abet unlawful, terrorist activities, disrupt communal harmony and causing threat to the sovereignty and integrity of the country, thereby waging war against Government of India.

Non-violent
2 January 19 Wayanad District

Kerala Police started a special drive to collect information about all missing persons following the arrest of a man Dineshan alias Riyaz Rasheed from the Punjab, who went missing from north Kerala's Wayanad, in connection with the terror attack on Pathankot airbase. "An NIA team had visited the district two days ago and questioned some of his relatives," Wayanad superintendent of police MK Pushkaran said. Dineshan's relatives told the NIA that he had left home 16 years ago and was incommunicado all these years. The state police had booked him in 2000 after he was involved in a hooch smuggling case. He jumped bail, slipped to Saudi Arabia and later converted to Islam and changed his named, police said. The arrest of Dineshan has forced Kerala Police to start looking at the list of the missing persons in detail.

Non-violent
3 January 20

Ernakulam

A Special NIA Court jailed 21 people who were found guilty in a case of seizure of weapons from an arms training centre of PFI at Narath in Kannur District of Kerala in April 2013. While convict Abdul Aziz was awarded seven years jail term, the rest 20 were sentenced to five years imprisonment each by NIA Special Judge S Santhosh Kumar. The court, which found them guilty under various sections of IPC, UAPA, Arms Act and Explosives Act, also imposed a fine of INR 5000 each on the convicts. In default, they will have to undergo jail term for six months more. The court acquitted Kamaruddin as the charges against him could not be proved.

Non-violent
4 January 20

Mananthavady

Security agencies have intensified their search for the absconding accused in various terror-related cases registered in Kerala. The move assumes significance in the backdrop of the recent terror attack on the Pathankot Air Force base and the arrest of Mananthavady native Dinesh alias Riyas in connection with the incident. Dinesh had been on the run after a court in Wayanad declared him wanted. The search for at least six accused in major cases is being carried out by the NIA. "We had arrested six accused in various cases in 2015, while two surrendered before court. We are now on the lookout for the other absconding accused," said an NIA source.

Non-violent
5 February 24

Kerala

According to Enforcement agencies the flow of FICN to Kerala has recorded an increase of 360 per cent in 2015 compared to 2014. Though the total seized value of counterfeit money is INR 34,55,000 in 2015 compared to INR 7,51,000 in 2014, the Police estimate that the seized amount is just below 10 per cent of the actual volume being circulated in the state.

Police officials said counterfeit valued around INR 3 to 4 crore was being pumped into the state by the rackets every year and the bulk of it was used for real estate transactions. As per the latest Police data, Kozhikode accounted for highest seizure of FICN, INR 9,04000 lakh in September 2015, followed by Malappuram - INR 2,09000 in June 2015. Officials with the DRI and NIA confirmed the increase in the inflow of FICNs to Kerala in the last one year and the seized amount was minuscule.

The NIA has already tracked the role of Pakistan's ISI in production and distribution of FICNs via Dubai, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. "Sri Lankans are the new suppliers of the FICNs. Ports are still the hot destinations for the rackets to smuggle in FICNs. The new strategy is to smuggle in printed sheets of counterfeit and cut them to size in various hideouts in the state," said an intelligence officer.

Non-violent
6 May 2

Malappuram

Expanding the probe into Islamic State (IS) related case registered in Kerala, the ISIT has taken over the case from Malappuram Crime Detachment Wing and will coordinate with NIA to trace the links of Non Resident Keralites with the terrorist organisation. "Though we conducted a detailed probe in the case, a comprehensive investigation is required to unearth the wider terror network. Being a district crime squad, our reach is limited and a case of this magnitude requires an agency like ISIT," said Malappuram Crime Detachment DySP C K Babu, who confirmed the order directing to handover the case file to ISIT.

Non-violent
7 May 10

Ernakulam

A Police probe into Thadiyantavida Nazeer, an alleged IM operative, sending letters from the jail through one of his aides, has found that those letters were intended to promote terrorist activities in the country. On May 10, in a charge-sheet submitted at the Ernakulam Principal Sessions Court, Police stated that the letters recovered from Shahnaz, an aide of Nazeer, were written in a coded script and intended to promote terrorist activities. Police names Shahnaz P.A. and Taslim K.K. as the two accused in the case.

Non-violent
8 May 24

Kannur District

Police arrested three people, identified as M K Fainaz, C Rasaq and Rasheed along with FICN worth INR 28,000 in Kannur District. According to Police Rasaq was supplying the fake notes to Fainaz for distributing the fake note. Fainaz paid INR 65,000 for getting a INR 1,00,000 value of fake currency notes. Police have begun an intensive investigation in this regard.

Non-violent
9 May 26

Kochi

The Indian Coast Guard ship 'Arush', the 17th in the series of 20 FPVs, designed and built by Cochin Shipyard Limited, was commissioned in Kochi (Kerala). The ship was commissioned by the Coast Guard Commander (western seaboard) Additional Director General SPS Basra in the presence of the Commander Coast Guard Region (West) Inspector General K Natarajan and other senior dignitaries of the central and state governments.

Non-violent
10 May 29

Kerala

A key accused in the Bengaluru serial blasts of July 25, 2008, K P Sabeer alias Mohammed Sabeer alias Ayub is living in Peshawar, KP Pakistan, investigations by the NIA and the Kerala Police have revealed. Sabeer, allegedly linked to the LeT, had fallen off the radar of investigating agencies after fleeing India on a fake passport in November 2008. He was also the 'former president' of SIMI in Kerala.

His whereabouts have reportedly emerged now following investigations around K A Anoop, an alleged associate of Sabeer who was deported from the UAE in April, 2016. The NIA had arrested Anoop on April 8, 2016, after he was detained on his arrival at IGI Airport, New Delhi in connection with the September 2005 Kalamassery (Kochi) bus-burning case. Sources familiar with the investigations claimed the two were in touch and that analysis of Anoop's Dubai phone call records has revealed a number linked to Sabeer. "He has been trying to take his wife to Pakistan and has been offering 100,000 dirhams to obtain travel documents for her. This is the first time in many years that some information has emerged about Sabeer," said sources.

Non-violent
11 June 3

Attingal / Thiruvananthapuram District

Police recorded the arrest of five people in connection with the probe into the FICN, from Attingal in Thiruvananthapuram District. Police identified the accused as Jayanthan, Pradeep, Bose Thomas, Ansari and Shinu Krishnan. Police have seized counterfeit notes amounting to INR 1,25,000 from the accused after raiding their residences. All the notes were of denomination 500. Police said that Pradeep and Manju had been circulating fake notes in various parts of the state for the past two years. It was the other four accused who delivered them the notes. They got the notes from gangs based in Bengaluru and Coimbatore.

Non-violent
12 June 15

Kollam District

A bomb hidden in a tiffin box and planted inside a parked jeep at the Kollam civil station premises in Kollam District of Kerala exploded at around 10.45am, injuring one person. The civil station houses the district collector's office apart from several courts and government offices. Though it was a low-intensity explosion, Police are examining all possibilities including a terrorist link. Thiruvananthapuram Range IG Manoj Abraham, who visited the spot, said that the explosion was of a serious nature and more than one individual may have been involved. He also said that the Police are not ruling out the involvement of extremist groups.

Police confirmed that gun powder had been used in the bomb at Kollam. Kollam city Police Commissioner, S Sathish Bino, said eight teams have been formed to probe the case. He said a clear picture would emerge only after a detailed probe.

Violent
13 July 2

Kerala

A Facebook group, which levelled a death threat against Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasrin, has raised fears of the influence and presence of dreaded terrorist group Islamic State (IS) in Kerala. The Facebook page, Ansarul Khilafa (The Followers of Khalifa), which had posts in Malayalam and English, was taken down today morning soon after media started reporting about its existence.

The threat against the Bangladesh writer known for her progressive views was made by one of the members of the group. The group had 135 likes before it was deactivated. The group's presence comes amid a spate of terror attacks in Bangladesh, the busting of an IS module in Hyderabad and the arrests of IS sympathizers from various states in the last few months. It raises troubling concerns about whether the terrorist outfit, known for its beheading and sex slavery of captured non-Muslim women, is striking deeper roots in India.

Non-violent
14 July 8

Kerala

At least 16 Muslim people, including a doctor, his wife and their toddler son, are missing for a month from north Kerala, family members said, sparking fears that they might have joined radical groups in Syria or Iraq. The missing people, said to be well-educated from fairly good economic background, also include four women who are suspected to have travelled to the Middle East to join militant groups such as the Islamic State (IS).

A relative of one of the missing youth told that they left the country on June 6 on the pretext of going on a pilgrimage. While 12 of those missing are from Kasargode District, four are from Palakkad. "One of them sent a message on an encrypted site Telegram saying they reached their final destination. (The) initial message came from an Afghanistan number. We now fear that they might have reached the conflict zone, either in Syria or Iraq," said TK Salam, whose 23-year-old nephew TK Afizudding is among the missing.

Non-violent
15 July 9

Kerala

The Kerala Government ordered a probe into reports that at least 17 youths, including three women, from the State who had travelled to West Asia and reportedly gone missing, may have joined the Islamic State (IS). The disappearance of the youths, some of whom are medical students and engineering graduates, came to light after their relatives brought the matter before the authorities. Some families from Kasaragod and Palakkad Districts had approached Kasaragod MP P. Karunakaran and expressed fear that their children were missing for the past one month and they have no contact with them. CM Pinarayi Vijayan said it was a "very serious issue" and ordered an urgent probe.

DGP Loknath Behara said on the basis of information provided by the families, Police has started investigation. "We do not know if children and women are part of the group. But they (families) say that some women are in the group. We also do not have any confirmation so far that the missing youths have joined the IS. But we have started investigation," Behara said. Of the 17 persons, 11 hail from Padna and Thrikaripur in the Kerala's northernmost Kasaragod District while the others hailed from Palakkad. There are at least three women in the list of missing persons, including a pregnant woman.

Non-violent
16 July 10

Kerala

India is investigating claims that a girl, identified as Nimisha claimed she was going to Sri Lanka but had later joined the Islamic State (IS). Bindu, mother of that woman, who converted to Islam after marriage and is among a group of people from Kerala suspected to have joined IS, met Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and sought investigation into the matter. Bindu, said her 25-year-old daughter Nimisha came along with her husband to her house on May 16 last and on May 18, she received a call from her daughter that she was going to Sri Lanka on some business. Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition in Kerala Assembly, Ramesh Chennithala said, "...what I came to know is that the state and Central agencies have started an investigation in the matter."

Non-violent
17 July 11 Kochi

The Kochi unit of the NIA has started gathering information from its counterparts in Hyderabad, where an IS-Islamic State module was neutralised. "Top officials of NIA-Kochi, who are currently in Hyderabad in connection with the investigation, will be looking into the Kerala-link of the IS link as well," said officials. "Online activities of suspected IS sympathisers are under surveillance. Probe of the Hyderabad case showed that the IS module had connection with several youths in South India, including Kerala. It is being probed whether the Hyderabad module received any aid from Kerala," said an NIA official.

Non-violent
18 July 14 Kerala

India has sought Iran's help in tracing 17 persons from Kerala, who have been missing for over a month, and are suspected to have joined the Islamic State (IS). Investigations by Indian agencies have revealed that the 17 Indians, including women and children, travelled till Iran on tourist visas before going off the radar, a senior intelligence official told. "We have shared the details of these people with the Iranian authorities and have asked them to find out about their further movement," the official said. The missing include nine men, four of their wives, a child and an infant. Three of the women are pregnant. All are in their 20s.

Non-violent
19 July 17 Kerala

One of the missing youngsters of Kerala, identified as Mohammad Marwan (23) has sent a message to his family, accepting that he has become a terrorist. "People may call me a terrorist. If fighting in the path of Allah is terrorism, yes I am a terrorist (sic)," reads the message sent by one of the missing Kerala youngsters to his family. Marwan sent the message to his family in the last week of June saying he is in West Asia. Moreover, in the message, he promises to come back after he finishes work with Islamic State (IS) to help the persecuted Muslims in Kashmir, Gujarat and Muzaffarnagar, the report added. Quoting Quran, Marwan said, "Allah will ask what I was doing when the community was being persecuted". He added, "Didn't the Prophet taught (sic) us that the entire ummah is like one body? It is my religious duty to fight for the protection of the community".

Non-violent
20 July 20

Kerala

Kerala has become a breeding base of many hardcore terrorists operating in international arena, the most wanted among the Islamic terror operatives from the state is Mohammed Sabir alias K.P. Sabir alias Ayub, who now controls the terror-linked FICN cartel operating from Peshawar in Pakistan. Once they are caught on the radar of intelligence agencies, they shift their operations to other countries, including Bangladesh, Dubai, Pakistan and Afghanistan, according to sources.

Non-violent
21 July 25

Kochi

A court in Kochi (Kerala) sent the two suspected Islamic State (IS) sympathisers, Arshid Qureshi and Rizwan Khan to Police custody till August 8, 2016. Arshid Qureshi and Rizwan Khan, who are known to be close to preacher Zakir Naik of the IRF, were last week picked up in Mumbai in a joint operation of Maharashtra ATS along with a team of Kerala Police. "It was Sunday that the two were brought here and they were produced before the court on Monday. Now we will begin our job," Inspector General of Police, Ernakulam, S.Sreejith told. The arrest took place after a Police complaint was raised by Ebin Abraham, brother of Kochi resident, Merin alias Mariyam, who along with her husband, is reported to be missing and is alleged to have joined the IS. The Police probe team plans to now seek the help of the NIA in finding out more about the duo and their acts.

Non-violent
22 July 25

Kerala

Many of the people from Kerala accused of terror links in the recent past have been new converts to Islam, including five of the 21 currently missing who are feared to have joined the Islamic State (IS). In 2008, when four youths from Kerala were killed in an encounter in Kashmir while allegedly trying to cross over to PoK for training, one of them was Muhammed Yasin, a Christian who had recently converted to Islam. The Police and NIA said their probe showed that Yasin, earlier Joseph Varghese, was handpicked by suspected LeT militant Tadiyantavide Nazir, who is now serving life term after being convicted in the terror recruitment case. Nazir was alleged to have at least two more converts in his network. Hindu youths Baburaj and Abhilash, took on the names Muhammed Sahal and Vahabudeen respectively. Sahal gave a statement to Police that Nazir and his gang had played a crucial role in converting him to Islam. "When Nazir met me first in Kochi, he asked me to get converted to Islam. I learnt about Islam from the Internet," Sahal said in his statement. Another person, Vahabudeen, a native of Kalamassery near Kochi, claimed Nazir had imparted religious lessons to him as a new convert. And that he had tried to arrange a woman from Kannur to marry him.

Of the 21 from Kerala missing now, one is Merin, who took on the name Mirriam after conversion. Her brother Ebin Jacob has complained to the Kochi city Police that R C Qureshi, a member of the Mumbai-based IRF and close aide of preacher Zakir Naik, had forced her to embrace Islam. Qureshi was arrested from Navi Mumbai on July 20. Also missing is her husband Eshia, who was known as Bestin before conversion, Eshia's brother Isa (Bexen before conversion) and Isa's wife Fatima (once known as Nimisha). Jacob has told police Eshia had taken Mirriam to Qureshi for conversion. Eshia's Christian family who lives in Palakkad in turn says the two embraced Islam at the behest of Naik. Data on conversion obtained by Police from various conversion centres shows that 5,793 people have embraced Islam in the last five years.

Non-violent
23 August 3

Kochi

After managing to evade arrest for the past seven years, Sasi alias Poovar Sasi, a 48-year-old man, who had been booked for distributing FICN was finally arrested by the Crime Branch (Organised Crime Wing) in Kochi. It was the investigation carried out by special crime squad set up to apprehend the fugitive accused in various cases followed by a tip-off to Crime Branch SP Alex K John that led to Sasi's arrest.

Non-violent
24 August 6

Kerala

Yasmin Ahmad, a 28-year-old schoolteacher in Kerala, told investigators that Abdul Rashid, a fugitive Islamic State (IS) recruiter from Kerala who is now operating from Afghanistan, indoctrinated about 40 people. "We have identified some of those who attended radicalization sessions conducted by Rashid in Thrikkaripur in north Kerala's Kasargode. We are closely watching movements of some of them," a source in the Kerala Police SIT said. Investigators said some of the radicalized people from Rashid's "terror class" might have backed out and decided to lie low as the disappearance of the 21 triggered a national outcry. Yasmin too was supposed to leave the country along with the group of 21, but delayed travel documents for her four-year-old child held her back.

Non-violent
25 August 16

Kerala

Indian investigative agencies have found that youths who want to join Islamic State (IS) are using current bank accounts instead of savings account. The trend is very unusual given that current accounts are generally meant for businesses and trading and they don't give any interest. "The police have come across at least three such savings accounts which the holder stopped using to begin financial transactions through current accounts," a Police source said.

Police sources said that since they had come across this new piece of information, they might look at bank accounts of other potential suspects. "In case of Arshi Qureshi, arrested by Kerala police in an UAPA case two weeks ago, he had also changed his family's two accounts from savings to current. We are trying to find out if there are such more cases," an officer said.

Non-violent
26 August 23

Kerala

The NIA took over the probe into 21 missing youths from Kerala, including women, who are suspected to have joined Islamic State (IS). Kerala Police had meticulously investigated the case and identified at least 21 youths who have gone missing from the State. Among them 17 were from Kasaragod District and four from Palakkad District. They include four women and three children. Out of those women who have joined ISIS, two women are from Palakkad. The probe so far has revealed that the 21 persons had left India in May to July this year (2016) and took separate routes to reach ISIS held areas. Sources said the Kerala Police had finished its part of investigation and the case was transferred to the NIA for carrying out the probe overseas. The exercise will include collecting of evidence from foreign countries..

Non-violent
27 August 25

Kochi

The Kochi unit of NIA submitted FIRs of the two cases before the special court in Kochi in Ernakulam District for starting probe into suspected recruitment of Kerala youths to Islamic State (IS). The missing cases, 17 from Kasaragod and five from Palakkad will be probed by two DSP-ranked officers. There are 19 accused in the two cases against whom UAPA has been invoked among other sections of the IPC. "The investigating officers and the NIA team will interact with officers of state police who have investigated the cases so far. Some of electronic equipment recovered by the state police will be examined by the NIA at government-run forensic laboratories," said an NIA source.

Non-violent
28 August 25

Kochi

The investigation team probing the theft of cash and gold from a house at Perumbavoor, by persons with terror links who posed as VACB officials, found that a Kochi-based gang was also involved in the crime. Earlier, the investigators had established the involvement of a 14-member group in the crime, and had arrested five persons including mastermind Abdul Halim and his associate Shamnas. Halim is a close aide of IM operative Thadiyantavide Nazeer.

Non-violent
29 August 26

India

Earlier this month, the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF), an international proscribed affiliate of the terror group al Qaeda (AQ) that creates and disseminates jihadi media, formed a new branch -- GIMF Sub-continent to publish and translate the group's messages, videos and magazines in Hindi, Bengali, Urdu and Tamil. Other AQ-related media and its supporters too have begun a big propaganda drive particularly targeting Tamil and Malayalam speakers to reach out to the Muslim youth for recruitment in South India.

Post-Dhaka attack in Bangladesh, both terror groups the Islamic State (IS) and AQ, have upped their recruitment drive in the Indian sub-continent, with the former clearly winning more supporters online as it publishes its official information in Bengali language in addition to English, Arabic, French etc. To counter the IS propaganda, AQ too has started disseminating messages, videos and jihadi literature in Tamil and Malyalam language. And it is heavily using the social media platform of Facebook for propaganda and communication. Groups like Tamil Ansar and Olivin Charathu (under the shade of Olive tree), Syria through Indian Eyes regularly update information on AQ and its activities in Syria in Tamil and Malayalam.

Non-violent
30 August 29

Kerala

A radicalised Kerala schoolteacher, Yasmin Ahamd (29) who was arrested at Delhi airport on August 2 before she could board a flight to Kabul has revealed that Islamic State (IS) is now running "terror classes" in the country. 40 young men and women have already been indoctrinated there by fugitive IS recruiter Abdul Rashid, who persuaded Mumbai graduate Ashfaq Abdul Majid to join the group, which controls swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria. Ashfaq is believed to have left India on June 2, 2016. The information provided by Yasmin, has deepened counter-terror agencies' worries as it confirms the growing perception that IS has overtaken Pakistani outfits as the biggest threat to national security.

Non-violent
31 October 2 Kozhikode and Kannur Districts

The NIA neutralised an Islamic State (IS) inspired module from Kerala and Tamil Nadu as it arrested six youngsters who were reportedly planning to carry out terror attacks in the country. The arrest was made during the agency's ongoing investigation into the disappearance of 21 people from the state who were suspected to have joined the so called caliphate led by Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi. Those arrested have been identified as Manseed alias Omar Al Hindi, Abu Basheer alias Rashid, Swalih Mohammed T alias Yousuf, Safwan P, Jasim NK and Ramshad Nageelan Kandiyil alias Aaamu from Kozhikode and Kannur Districts of Kerala. Five of them were arrested when they were allegedly conducting a meeting at Kanakamala hilltop in Kannur District. During subsequent searches, another person was detained from Kuttiyadi in Kozhikode District and later arrested.

NIA was assisted by Police personnel from Kerala, Delhi and Telangana during the operations. The NIA spokesman said that during the searches, incriminating material besides electronic devices were seized. "Follow up searches are being conducted by NIA in Chennai, Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu and Kannur, Kozikhode and Mallapuram in Kerala with support of Tamil Nadu and Kerala Police," the spokesman said.

Non-violent
32 October 3 Kannur

A day after the NIA busted an Islamic State (IS) module in Kerala and Tamil Nadu which was allegedly planning to carry out major strikes in several parts of south India, the probe revealed that one of the senior members of the module - Majeeb alias Omar Al Hindi, a resident of Kannur - was associated with Kerala-based PFI. Investigations revealed that the module members came in touch with each other on Facebook and later started interacting on Telegram channel as they were all inclined towards the ideology of the so-called 'caliphate' led by Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi. "They forged an alliance and decided to operate from India instead of travelling to Iraq and Syria. However, we are questioning them on their links with online recruiters including Shafi Armar alias Yousuf Al Hindi," a source said. The NIA is investigating the module's link with 21 missing Kerala persons, including children and women, who travelled to Afghanistan in May-June. According to reports, Omar Al Hindi was an important cog in this IS module which was collecting explosives for its activities. He was working in Qatar and came to India recently. The, PFI, however has declined. PFI's director of media and PR Mohammed Arif Ahmed said, "PFI has taken a strong stand against the Islamic State and has condemned its activities. As an organisation, PFI has no links with people involved in such activities."

Non-violent
33 October 3 Kerala

The mastermind behind the Islamic State (IS)-inspired module that the NIA neutralised on October 2, was allegedly operating from Qatar through a WhatsApp group, to keep in touch with other members of the group. The NIA believes that 30-year-old Manseed alias Omar Al Hindi, a native of Kerala and employed in Qatar, had devised plans to carry out terror attacks in India. Manseed was on a short four-day visit to his native Kannur and had asked other members to come there for a meeting when the NIA sleuths were believed to have got a tip-off and acted swiftly to arrest him and five others. The members of the module, who were residing in different places, had reached Kannur on October 1 for the meeting. Though he was in Qatar, Mansheed was operating a WhatsApp group with him as the admin to keep in touch with other members of the module, sources said.

Non-violent
34 October 4 Kerala

Intelligence agencies in Kerala have alerted the State government of a threat from an Islamic State (IS)-linked module to two High Court judges and some politicians, close on the heels of the NIA arresting six persons of the terror module from the State. NIA teams along with the Kerala Police, the Delhi Police and the Telangana Police had launched surveillance on the movement of the accused involved in the conspiracy. The NIA has registered a case in connection with the 21 missing youths from Kerala who are believed to have joined the IS in Afghanistan and later moved to Syria and other countries.

Non-violent
35 October 11

India

After arresting over 50 suspects for conspiring to set-up terror modules inspired by the Islamic State (IS) or for providing material support to the militant group, the NIA has identified another 130 radicalised individuals, believed to be in contact with the accused. This watch list is a "preemptive measure" by the agency to track and monitor these individuals.

The individuals on the watch list have not participated in any incriminating activities till now. They are, however, active on the social media and have made efforts on ground to gather support for IS, officials said. "They've tried to gather support for IS online and offline and enroll other members. They themselves, however, have refrained from joining any module,'' they added. The decision to put these individuals under surveillance was taken recently, after a few names cropped up frequently during interrogations. Consequently, the NIA wrote to police authorities in nine states - Delhi, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Haryana - asking them to monitor these supporters.

Non-violent
36 October 19

Kerala

According to reports, ever since the NIA arrested six men from Kerala this month for allegedly planning terror attacks in the country, the intelligence agencies of India, UAE and Afghanistan have been on the lookout for one man, identified as is Sajeer Mangalachari Abdullah, a key Islamic State (IS/ISIS) recruiter in Afghanistan. Given the rapid advance of US-led forces into ISIS bastions in Iraq and Syria, the terrorist group is now focusing on a new target - Afghanistan. As part of this plan, Islamic State has been telling Indian volunteers keen for military training to make their way to Afghanistan. It has also been pushing them to stage attacks at home, providing detailed do-it-yourself instructions on manufacturing explosive devices. The volunteers are being routed to the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, which has its capital in Jalalabad. "Nangarhar is about as close as you can get to a black hole," an Indian intelligence official was quoted as saying. "It's the perfect place to go if you want to disappear. Even Afghanistan's intelligence services have next to no on-ground reach there."

Non-violent
37 October 19

Kerala

A red alert has been sounded across three countries, India, Afghanistan and UAE for the arrest of a native of Kerala, who is suspected of recruiting Indians for Islamic State (IS). Sajeer Mangalachari Abdullah, who hails from Kozhikode city, has fled to Dubai in April this year. "He passed immigration and security checks without trouble, and settled into an economy-class seat for the four-hour flight to Dubai," the report said.

His name had come up during the interrogation of six suspected IS supporters, also from Kerala, by the NIA in October, 2016. Besides India, Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates are also hunting for Abdullah who is now "believed to occupy a key position" in Islamic State.

Non-violent
38 October 21

Kerala

The seven people who were recently arrested for working as Islamic State's (IS) south India module were planning to carry out 'lone wolf' attacks on targets, revealed the NIA. NIA officials said the members were having their first meeting at Kanakamala in Kannur District of Kerala after the group was formed a year ago.

"When the attacks are carried out by a group, it is easy for security agencies to track and foil its plans. However, when it comes to single-man operations, agencies cannot keep focusing on one person. The IS attack in Nice in France, in which a truck was used to ram into the crowd, was carried out by a lone wolf," said an NIA official. The IS group decided to have a face-to-face meeting in Kannur after security agencies managed to secure some of their plans, and they found it tough to procure explosives. Five members of the group were arrested on October 2. "Subahani, who had fought for the IS in Iraq, had the task of arranging explosives. Even though he had contacted several explosives agents, none of his attempts bore fruit. The meeting was organised to make changes in the operations of the module," the official said.

After tracing the funds received by Subahani, the NIA suspects that more IS modules are functioning in south India. He was directed by handlers stationed abroad and was told that the money for purchasing explosives would be kept under an idol at a park in Chennai in Tamil Nadu. "As directed, Subahani visited Butterfly Park in Chennai where he found `20,000 under an idol. We are trying to trace the people who kept the cash there," said the NIA official.

Non-violent
39 October 25

Kerala

The NIA probe into 21 missing persons from Kerala has unearthed that more than 30 youths from the state had attended Islamic State (IS) training camps in Afghanistan. According to a report, many of these youth may have returned to India to set up sleeper cells. Many educated Muslim youths from Kerala who were working in Gulf countries had strong links with IS terror networks, the report also said. Furthermore, some NRI businessmen had funded the terror activities of these youth. Apart from radical Muslim outfits operating in the state, so-called secular religious groups are also involved in encouraging youth to join IS, said the report. Handlers of terror outfits have used social media effectively to recruit the youths from the state without alerting the police and intelligence agencies.

Earlier, NIA identified Sajeer Abdulla Mangalaseri as the 'chief' of IS network in Kerala. 35-year-old Sajeer, a Civil Engineer from NIT, Kozhikode and a Salafist who hails from Moozhikal in Kozhikode District had been recruiting people from Kerala in IS fold. Intelligence agencies now believe that Sajeer is no more working in UAE, but hiding somewhere in Afghanistan, keeping in close touch with the missing youth from Kerala.

Non-violent
40 November 1

Malappuram

A low intensity IED went off in a car parked near the judicial first class magistrate court inside the civil station in Malappuram in Kerala. No one was injured in the incident. The investigation officials suspect a terror group named `The Base Movement' behind the explosion. The explosion occurred around 1 pm near a taxi car hired by district medical officer (homoeopathy), which was parked in front of DMO office near the court complex. The windshield of the vehicle and another car in the parking area suffered damages in the explosion.

Police said the explosive material was placed inside pressure cooker, but there is no confirmation whether a timer device or remote control was used to trigger the blast. Initial finding is that ammonium nitrate was used in the explosive. The bomb squad of Police and forensic experts who collected evidence from the spot recovered a box on which `The Base Movement' was written. Police have also recovered a damaged battery, a pen drive and a notice issued by `The Base Movement' from the site.

Non-violent
41 November 2

Malappuram

The terror outfit, the Base Movement that claimed responsibility of the blast at collectorate in Malappuram on November 1, has warned of similar attacks in various parts of the country. It is learnt that the Base Movement has also issued a death threat against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union ministers in a pen drive abandoned at the blast site but police have not confirmed it.

A special Police team, led by Narcotic Cell DSP P T Balan, has been formed to probe the incident. An eight-member team of the NIA, also visited the spot on November 2. The agency will be assisting the police team. IG (Thrissur range) M R Ajithkumar, said the pen drive contained visuals of six spots across the country -including one in Kerala. He said a preliminary investigation hinted at the role of `The Base Movement', reportedly the Indian affiliate of Al Qaeda, in the blast. "The pen drive contained visuals similar to those recovered from blast sites in Kollam, Nellore and Mysuru. There were no personal references made in the pen drive or in the map. There is a warning also that such things can happen again. The state police chief is directly supervising the probe," he said.

Non-violent
42 November 21

Ernakulum District

For the first time 28 accused of July 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts were produced before the special court for trial of NIA cases at Ernakulum, Kerala, through video conferencing arranged by National Informatics Centre in the morning at the District collector office in Ahmedabad. The accused are facing a trial for allegedly being part of the training camp organized by SIMI, a banned organization, in December 2007 in the forests of Wagamon in Kerala.

Non-violent
43 November 22

Kerala

The NIA probing activities of the Islamic State (IS) in South India has confirmed the involvement of one person, Abu Ayisha a native of Kerala in instigating members of the local IS module to carry out terror activities in various parts of the country. The agency has initiated steps to ascertain whether it is IS activist and Kozhikode-native Shajeer Mangalassery operating in the name of 'Abu Ayisha.' Once the identity of Abu Ayisha is confirmed, he will be prosecuted as accused in the case. Earlier on November 21, NIA sleuths had conducted raid at the residence of Shajeer, who is a graduate from the NIT.

According the NIA, Shajeer who moved to Afghanistan via the UAE has been communicating with the IS operatives in India. The agency had neutralised the South Indian module of the terror organisation in October, 2016 and arrested six persons, while the group was holding a meeting at Kanakamala in Kannur.

"The IS members used to receive messages from Abu Ayisha through Telegram. The initial inquiry revealed that Abu Ayisha instigated members of the module to wage war against the nation and the Government of India. We suspect that 'Abu Ayisha' is Shajeer himself, who has also been actively propagating the IS ideology through Facebook, under the profile name Sameer Ali," said NIA officials. It was also found that Abu Ayisha was the link between the local IS module and the 22 persons who moved to Afghanistan from Kerala to join the IS.

Non-violent
44 November 22

Kerala

The NIA and state security agencies have so far arrested 68 supporters of Islamic State (IS) in various parts of the country, Lok Sabha was informed. The NIA and state security agencies have so far arrested 68 ISIS supporters/sympathisers," Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said replying to a written question. Ahir further said a total of 50 people have been arrested by security agencies during 2016 of whom 11 belonged to Maharashtra, 11 belonged to Telangana, 7 belonged to Karnataka, 4 from Uttarakhand, 6 from Kerala, 1 from Delhi, 2 from West Bengal, 1 from Rajasthan, 2 from Uttar Pradesh, 1 from Madhya Pradesh, 1 from Jammu and Kashmir, 1 from Bihar and 2 from Tamil Nadu.

Non-violent
45 November 28

Kerala

The 'Base Movement' was linked to the five court blasts - in Chittoor (Andhra Pradesh) on April 7, Kollam (Kerala) on June 15, Mysuru (Karnataka) on August 1, Nellore (Andhra Pradesh) on September 12 and Malappuram (Kerala) on November 2 - following messages from the group claiming credit. Computer printouts of messages from the 'Base Movement' were found at the blast sites in Malappuram and Nellore. Pen drives found at both sites contained messages with a picture of Osama bin Laden and a map of India. The messages claimed that the blasts were being carried out in retaliation for alleged injustices to members of the Muslim community. The outfit also sent a mail to authorities claiming credit for the Chittoor court blast. "Almost all the bombs, from Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh to Malappuram in Kerala, have been found to be assembled by someone well-trained in bomb-making. Except for one bomb which was packed in a pressure cooker, all other bombs were relatively less lethal as they had no shrapnel. The organisation also deliberately left pen drives and leaflets at blast sites. It seems they were trying to make a statement. But things will be more clear now after interrogating the three arrested from Madurai," said an unnamed officer.

The term 'Base Movement' is suspected to be a reference to the AQIS formed in August 2014, with the official name of "JamaatQaidat al-jihad fi'shibhi al-qarrat al-Hindiya'' or "Organisation of the Base of Jihad in the Indian Sub-Continent''. "Investigations indicate that the 'Base Movement' is inspired by Al Qaeda but probably has no links with it. In the pen drives that it left at some blast sites and the letters sent to authorities, there is mention of Al Qaeda and pictures of bin Laden, but no mention of the Islamic State or any other terror organisation," said an unnamed intelligence officer. Sources said it appears that the group is self-funded and self-motivated. "It doesn't appear to be a Pakistan-supported group as such groups always aim for mass casualty," the officer said.

Non-violent
46 November 30

Kerala

Tamil Nadu, followed by Kerala have emerged as the new safe haven for Islamic terrorists operating from South India, say senior intelligence officials based in Chennai. They were reacting to the arrests of five suspected Islamic terrorists from various places of Tamil Nadu over November 28-29. Official sources confided that those arrested were conspiring to unleash a series of terrorist activities including assassinations all over India. "We have tracked strong undercurrents of secessionist activities in Tamil Nadu and Kerala spearheaded by various Islamic outfits. All these arrests have been made based on precise information gathered by our moles," said a senior intelligence official. He said all espionage agencies have increased the intensity of monitoring the suspects. "All suspects are always on our radars and hence there is nothing to panic," he said.

Statement
47 December 14

Kerala

The NIA has approached the NCB, a wing under CBI that acts as Interpol in India, for issuing red corner notice (RCN) against 19 Keralites, including five women, who are believed to have joined Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan. The notice, which is an arrest warrant circulated by Interpol on behalf of the government of a particular country and serves as a request from one country to another to arrest and deport the wanted individual, will enable the NIA to track the missing persons with assistance from police agencies, which act as Interpol in Afghanistan.

NIA officials said an application for the notice was filed a few weeks ago. "NCB would proceed on the application against the absconding accused in the missing person cases reported in Kasargod and Palakkad. It will be sent to the Interpol Secretariat for issuing red corner notices. There is a non-bailable arrest warrant pending against the 19 accused," said an NIA official. The official added that once the notice is issued, agencies acting as Interpol in Afghanistan would assist in tracking them. "They can also be nabbed easily at airports, should they choose to fly. We suspect the accused have reached Nangarhar Province in Afghanistan, where IS has gained a foothold after Syria, Iraq and North African countries. Hence tracking them would not be easy," the official said. In all, 22 persons - 14 men, five women and three children - were reported absconding from Kasargod and Palakkad. The children were not named as accused in the case.

Non-violent
48 December 22

Kerala

The NIA arrested one person, identified as Abdul Salam alias Podi Salam, wanted in connection with a 2013 FICN case as soon as he landed at the IGI airport in New Delhi. Earlier, Saudi Arabia has deported Abdul Salam, a resident of Malappuram District in Kerala, is wanted in connection with a 2013 case.

The case relates to conspiracy to smuggle FICN worth of INR 9.75 lakh, which were recovered from one Abid Chullikulavan Hassan by Customs wing Kochi at Nedumbasserry International Airport in Kochi in Ernakulum District in 2013. NIA took over the probe in July 2014. Abdul Salam was part of the criminal conspiracy to smuggle high quality counterfeit Indian currency notes to India from UAE and had facilitated smuggling of the contraband through Abid Chullikulavan Hassan.

Non-violent
49 December 23

Kerala

Abdul Salam alias Podi Salam, the key accused in the Nedumbassery FICN case who was deported from Saudi Arabia and arrested on December 22 from New Delhi airport, was brought to Kochi in Ernakulum District of Kerala. After arresting him at the IGI airport, he was brought from New Delhi to Kochi and produced before the NIA court. The court sent him to the agency's custody for three days. Salam worked with members of Dawood Ibrahim's gang and was instrumental in bringing in a sum of INR 9.75 lakh worth FICN to the country.

Abdul Salam from Wandoor in Malappuram District was the third accused in the case. "There was also an Interpol red corner notice issued against him," said an NIA official. Salam, who was engaged in hotel business, was absconding ever since the case was lodged against him. On January 26, 2013 when around 1,950 counterfeit notes in the denominations of INR 500 were recovered from a man, Abid Hassan, who arrived at the Cochin airport from Dubai. Aftab Bhatki, a member of Dawood Ibrahim's crime syndicate had arranged the counterfeit notes. Aftab is still absconding. Salam had arranged the carrier for transporting the notes from Dubai to Kerala. The agency had found that the notes were printed in Pakistan.

Non-violent
50 December 27

Kerala

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said India will spare no effort to secure release of Father Tom Uzhunnalil, a Keralite priest abducted nearly nine months ago by Islamic State (IS) a terror group in war-torn Yemen. The minister's remarks come a day after a purported video by the priest appealing to the government to free him surfaced. "We have spared no effort and we will spare no effort to secure Fr Tom's release from captivity," Swaraj tweeted. Expressing government's resolve to bring him back, she cited examples of India ensuring release of kidnapped citizens like Judith D'Souza and Fr Alexis Prem Kumar from Afghanistan.

Statement
2015

Sl. No.

Date

Place

Incident

Nature

1

February 7

Kochi

Commodore G. Prakash, Director of the Maritime Warfare Centre at the Southern Naval Command said that the security of the seas surrounding India has financial, diplomatic and geopolitical ramifications, hence the need to incorporate coastal and seaward security subjects in school and college curriculums. "Citizens must be made aware of the significance of maritime security and its link to the growth of the country and its ties with nations across the seas," he said while speaking on 'ocean and national security' at the World Ocean Science Congress in Kochi in Kerala.

Statement
2 March 17 Palakkad

The Additional District Court of Palakkad sentenced two Al Ummah cadres, Pandamkodu Myhammed Sherif and Malappuram Valanchery Karthala Said Habeeb Koya to double life term for murdering BJP leader Kollangode Mani on September 13, 1996. The convicts also have to pay INR 215,000 as fine. The court recently pronounced that four Al Ummah cadres from Palakkad and Malappuram Districts guilty in the murder of Muthalamada Mani. The other two Saidali Bava and Abdul Khader did not appear before the court then. The court has issued an arrest warrant against them. The charges against the four include murder, conspiracy and inciting communal hatred.

Non-violent
3

March 26

Panayikulam / Ernakulam District

The examination of prosecution witnesses in the August 15, 2006, Panayikulam (Ernakulam District, Kerala) SIMI camp case was completed at the NIA Court in Kochi. The court would begin procedures under Section 313 of the CrPC on April 18, 2015. NIA Court Judge K M Balachandran examined 50 witnesses, 230 documents and 10 material objects in the first phase of the trial. The accused persons in the case are P A Shaduly alias Harris, Abdul Rasik, Ansar alias Ansar Nadim, Nizamudeen alias Nizamon, Shammi alias Shammer, Shammer, Abdul Hakeem, Nizar, Mahayudheenkutty alias Taha, Muhammad Nisar, Ashkar, Nissar alias Muhammed Nissar, Salih, Hasim, Riyas, Muhammad Naizam, and Nisar. Binanipuram Sub Inspector K N Rajesh had received information on August 15, 2006, about a secret meeting of SIMI (Students Islamic Movement of India) at an auditorium at Panayikulam. On visiting the spot, he found that there were 17 persons in the room and some of them were making inflammatory speeches. Seditious books and pamphlets were also seized from the spot where the meeting was being organised. Later on, Lhari Dorgee Latoo, Superintendent of Police, NIA, filed the chargesheet against a total of 17 persons in the case in 2010.

Non-violent
4 May 8

Ernakulam

The Special Court for NIA, Ernakulam in Kerala sentenced 10 convicts in the sensational palm chopping case to 8 years of rigorous imprisonment and three others have been sentenced to two years of rigorous imprisonment. Earlier, on April 30 the Court had found 13 persons guilty of various charges including terrorism and criminal conspiracy in the cases related to the chopping of the palm of T J Joseph, a professor with the Newman College in Thodupuzha in Idukki District by the activists of radical outfit Popular Front of India (PFI).

Non-violent
5 May 25

Perinthalmanna town / Malappuram District

A special investigation team of Police arrested two persons, identified as K K Krishnakumar and David Sam and seized FICN with a face value of INR 2.1 million in Perinthalmanna town of Malappuram District in Kerala. According to Police, the accused are active in smuggling and fake currency rackets based n Bangalore (Karnataka) and they collect the currencies from a Chennai based Malayali, who was arrested earlier by Kerala Police. Police also said that the search for the agents and distributors functioning under the gang has already started and they would be arrested soon.

Non-violent
6 July 31

Kochi

The naval harbour at Kochi has become the first in the country to get a top-notch defence system which will enable operators to foresee, and respond to, surface and sub-surface threats to vital assets along the harbour and warships in the quay. The IUHDSS, a state-of-the-art automated system capable of detecting, identifying, tracking and generating warning for surface and underwater threats, was commissioned by Vice-Admiral Sunil Lanba, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Naval Command. The system, comprising a cluster of coastal surveillance radars, high-power underwater sensors and diver detection sonars, was designed by IAI ELTA.

Non-violent
7 August 3 Kerala

The Intelligence Wing of the Kerala Police has confirmed that a youth from the state has joined the Islamic State (IS). Officials who refused to share the whereabouts of the person said he had been working in the Middle East before joining the militant group a year ago. "The information is reasonably confirmed. He is reported to have lived in Syria and Iraq afterwards," the official said. Though there are reports that two other Keralites too joined the group, the Police said they were yet to receive reliable information in this regard.

Non-violent
8 August 5 Alappuzha

The NIA began its probe into an Iranian boat, which was captured by the Indian Coast Guard off the Alappuzha coast in July. The 12 crew members of the captured Iranian boat, who are now in judicial custody, are likely to be interrogated by the NIA team. According to reports, the crew had made calls to Pakistan and Afghanistan using a satellite phone.

Non-violent
9 August 10

Kerala

The Centre has alerted Kerala that a dormant module of the IM having links with the Islamic State (IS) militia may be planning to recruit fighters for strife-torn Syria and Iraq. Sources said the IM's links with the IS had come to light after the death of Muhammed Sajjid aka Bada Sajjid, an IM operative. He was killed during a shelling in Syria last month. The IM had been dormant in the country after the arrest of some of its top leaders such as Yasin Bhatkal, T.A. Shibili and Safdar Nagori. There were others from Kerala as well who had links with IM and Jam-I-yyathuk Ansurul Muslimeen. IM operatives behind bars include Thadiyanvide Nazir aka Ummer Haji, Umar Farooq, and Ibrahim Moulavi. However, intelligence sources said many absconders, including Ayub and Shoaib from Kannur and Shuhaib from Parappangadi, wanted in terror-linked cases, may have joined the IS using new names and identities

Sources said the case of two missing Keralites from the UAE and Qatar a few months ago had increased suspicion that radicalised Kerala youths were joining the IS militants. Intelligence agencies had already traced the identity of Abu Thahir, who had left his home at Puduppariyaram, near Palakkad in Kerala for Qatar, two years ago. But the Indian Consulate in Qatar had no clue if he had reached the Emirate, even as his Facebook page remained active for long after he was reported missing. Another is an unnamed Keralite youth hailing from Kunnummal in Kozhikode District. He has been missing from Ras-al-Khaimah in UAE for the past four months. Sources said that a Keralite's name figured in the radar of intelligence agencies after the detention of IM sympathisers in Saudi Arabia. It was unclear whether he was still alive, sources said.

Non-violent
10 August 20

Kerala

Kerala government decided to open three more Cyber Police Stations in major cities, including Kochi, Kozhikode and Kannur in 2015 to tackle the menace of cyber crime. Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala also said that the state will soon have a CyberDome functional at the Technopark campus in Thiruvananthapuram to tackle cyber crime.

Non-violent
11 September 1

Kochi

Two youth from Kerala have been deported by the UAE after they posted pro-Islamic State (IS) comments on Facebook. Sources said that the Facebook posts indicated that they had been "radicalized." The two men are reportedly part of a group of 10 Indians being monitored closely in the UAE for sharing terror group Islamic State's propaganda on social media. The UAE has sent the two men back to India, but has not registered cases against them. It has also not revealed their names citing security reasons.

The two youth are Kochi based. On their return to Kochi, they were taken in by the Intelligence Agencies for questioning. After being questioned, the agencies found that they were misguided and decided to let them go home with a warning. The two youth will now be counselled and a close watch will be kept on them. The UMHA is opposed to the idea of booking cases against such youth. They were in the process of committing an offence while trying to join the ISIS, a Home Ministry official informed.

Non-violent
12 September 4

Kerala

Kerala Police is conducting a probe into the allegations against two Keralites, who were deported by the UAE for 'endorsing' the ideas of Islamic State (IS) through social media. It has not been confirmed that the deported persons have any link with terror outfit IS, State DGP T P Senkumar stated. However, he said probe into the issue was on. In UAE a person would be under scanner if they react even though social media, he added.

Non-violent
13 September 13

Ernakulam

A youth working with a private company at Kakkanad in Ernakulam District received a series of text messages from a WhatsApp group in the name of Islamic State (IS). The youth hailing from Kasaragod has filed a complaint before the Cyber Cell of Kochi city Police in this regard. The conversation started with a text message: "You are in our contact list. Welcome to Dawlathul Islam Dwah group." The messages were sent from the number +1(509)871-0700 by a person who introduced himself as Shami. The sender has warned the youth that joining the WhatsApp group of IS involves risk and hence needs to be careful.

The stranger first messaged the youth on September 11 with the greeting 'asalamu alaikkum'. When the youth asked the sender's identity, the stranger sent the reply "Shami, from Islamic State". The other messages in the conversation were sent on September 12. The stranger had also asked the whereabouts of the youth, including his profession. Later, the youth received an audio file, which is believed to be in Arabic. After seeing the flag of IS as display picture of the group, the youth left the group. Before quitting the group, the youth took screenshots for evidence. According to the youth, the stranger could have accessed his mobile number from a Facebook group named Right Thinkers, wherein he used to have conversation with many.

Non-violent
14 September 14 Thiruvananthapuram & Kozhikode

Four youth of Kerala origin, reportedly sympathizers of Islamic State (IS) have been deported from the UAE. While two youth were sent to Thiruvananthapuram the other two were detained at Kozhikode. This is the second incident of sympathizers of the IS being deported in two weeks.

Non-violent
15 September 15 Kerala

The four youths informally deported from the UAE for suspected links with Islamic State (IS) are suspected to be part of a 20-member module of radicalised Malayali youths operating out of Ras Al Khaimah at UAE. The module came to light and was subsequently neutralised after UAE Police started investigating the disappearance of another Malayali youth now believed to have joined the IS in Syria. "We have details of one Malayali who has gone to Syria and possibly joined the IS. Riyad, a native of the Kundungal in Kozhikode, is missing and is suspected to be in Syria," said an intelligence source, who is part of a coordinated effort by central and state agencies to track the growing influence of IS among Indian youth. Riyad is reportedly from an influential family in north Kerala. His immediate family members, who were in Ras Al Khaimah, were sent back to Kerala two days ago.

Non-violent
16 September 16 Kerala

The Kerala Police registered a case against Riyab-ul-Rehman, a youth from Payyanakkal in Kozhikode District on the charge of joining the Islamic State (IS) and trying to recruit people to the banned militia operating in Syria and Iraq. Intelligence agencies say that Rehman had left for Syria from the UAE about six months ago. He is the son of a textile businessman, who too was deported from the UAE on September 16. The entire family had been in Ras-al-Khaimah, one of the seven emirates in the UAE, for the past 41 years. ADGP (North Zone) N. Shankar Reddy stated the case was registered under Section 125 (waging war against an Asiatic Power that is in alliance with the government of India) of the IPC and Section 18 of the UAPA.

Non-violent
17 September 16 Kerala

Intelligence sources said that Rehman had left home after he had fallen out with his father over his radical ideology. His name had figured in the radar of security agencies after the detention of IM sympathisers in Saudi Arabia. The case of two missing Keralites from the UAE and Qatar a few months ago had increased the suspicion that radicalised Kerala youths were joining the IS militants. Security agencies had traced the identity of Abu Thahir, who had left his home Palakkad for Qatar two years ago. But the Indian consulate in Qatar has no clue if he has reached the emirate.

Non-violent
18 September 29 Kerala

Several Muslim organisations have started a strong campaign against terror outfit IS asserting that "it was justifying terrorist actions by distorting Islamic symbols as well as history". Muslim organisations in Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) Jodhpur and Ajmer (Rajasthan) Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) and Delhi and other cities have organised conclaves, press conferences, public meetings and youth conferences which hundreds of Muslim youngsters/men have attended in the past few weeks.

Non-Violent
19 October 5 Kerala

The multi-crore narcotic, gold and hawala rackets operating in Kerala, particularly in Aluva of Ernakulam District, with national and international connections will likely come under the scanner of the NIA. NIA officials interrogated Aluva based narcotic operator Ibrahim, who was arrested by the Excise Enforcement and Anti-narcotic Squad the other day in connection with brown sugar haul. According to the Excise Enforcement and Anti-narcotic Squad, the narco racket led by Ibrahim was instrumental in smuggling brown sugar consignments to the Middle East, especially Kuwait, on several occasion.

Non-Violent
20 October 16

Kerala

The NIA has decided to set free two persons accused of attending a terror training camp in Kerala for launching a series of attacks across India. NIA sought the sanction of UMHA for dropping charges against Abu Saad and Shah Alam, residents of Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh. They were accused of attending the training camp organised by leaders of the banned SIMI at Wagamon in Kerala in 2007. The two were named by multiple investigating agencies for being part of various terror attacks in the country from 2008 to 2011. The investigation by the NIA, however, could not find any evidence against the two. The NIA also stated that they found that the two persons had not attended the camp.

Non-violent
21 November 2

Kakkodi Mukku in Kozhikode District

A team of the Kerala State Special Branch (Intelligence Wing) arrested the State (Assam) 'organising secretary' of NDFB-IKS, identified as Dimga alias Lidion Basumatary (34) from Kakkodi Mukku in Kozhikode District. Dimga, hailing from Chirang District of Assam, was arrested after the police received an intelligence input about his stay at a rented house at Kakkodi Mukku for the past two weeks.

Non-violent
22 November 14

Kochi / Ernakulam District

The Kerala Police arrested a close aide of alleged LeT operative, Thadiyantavide Nazir, identified as Shahanas from Kochi in Ernakulam District

Non-violent
23 November 15

Kerala

The Kerala State Intelligence is closely monitoring a suspected larger network in the State working for alleged LeT operative, Thadiyantavide Nazir who is currently in Police custody. The racket has come under the scanner, especially after the arrest of his close aide Shahanas from Kochi in Ernakulam District on November 14. ''There is a group of sympathisers, who are evolving into the form of a network and is facilitating and coordinating Nazir's activities from inside the prison. Their number may not be statistically significant but most of them are enjoying the support of some mainstream political organisations, known for their affinity towards such fringe radical groups,'' a top intelligence official said.

Non-violent
24 November 15

Mannam Paravur / Ernakulam District

The Police recovered a couple of mobile phone from the residence of Nizammuddin, an accused of Panayikulam SIMI case, at Mannam Paravur in Ernakulam District.

Non-violent
25 November 25 Kochi

The NIA court in Kochi found five persons guilty in a case pertaining to the conduct of a secret meeting of banned SIMI nine years ago. Of the total 17 persons arraigned as accused, the court acquitted 11 for want of evidence. The trial of one of the five accused, a minor at the time of the incident, is being held at a juvenile court. The others found guilty were P A Shaduli, Abdul Rasik, Ansar Nadvi, Nizamudheen and Shameem. The court upheld the UAPA charges against the first three accused. The quantum of punishment will be announced on November 26.

As per the prosecution, the five accused entered into a criminal conspiracy in Kochi and other places to advocate, incite and abet unlawful activities for cession of Jammu and Kashmir from India and to bring hatred and contempt towards the government, and in pursuance therefore, organised a secret meeting at Panayikulam near Kochi on August 15, 2006.

The NIA chargesheet said that all the 17 accused had attended the meeting with books and pamphlets that were anti-national, seditious and contained inflammatory writings. They brought a publication of SIMI with an intention to bring hatred and contempt against the government, to conduct jihad for cession of Kashmir from India and bring back Muslim rule in India, the chargesheet said, adding that the five accused found guilty were sitting on the dais and the acquitted persons were in the audience.

Non-violent
26 November 27 Ernakulam

The Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate court in Ernakulam District in Kerala, has issued a production warrant against suspected IM operative Thadiyantavide Nazeer in connection with a case of attempting to influence witnesses of Bengaluru (Karnataka) blast case of 2008. The Police said the warrant stipulated production of Nazeer before the court on December 4, 2015. Police may also record his arrest. A convict in the Kozhikode twin blast case, Nazeer is currently lodged in a Bengaluru jail.

Non-violent
27
November 27 Kollam District

As part of the Navy week activities CSACs along the coastal villages of Kollam District (Kerala) was organised by a team from Southern Naval Command of Kochi. The campaign was aimed at bringing in awareness among fishermen about the threats from the sea and the way coastal populace can help in thwarting it and safety precautions to be taken by fishermen at sea, a Navy release said.

Non-violent
28
November 29 Kalamassery / Ernakulam District

Police arrested one person, identified as Rabi ul Haq, a West Bengal-native along with four FICNs of 1,000 denomination, while trying to change the notes at a lottery vending shop at Kalamassery in Ernakulam District. He is suspected to have brought the FICN from Bangladesh.

Non-violent
29 November 30 Kochi

The NIA court in Kochi sentenced two persons to undergo 14 years of imprisonment and three others to 12 years after they were found guilty in a case pertaining to the conduct of a secret meeting of banned SIMI nine years back. Of the 17 persons arraigned as the accused, the court had acquitted 11 persons for lack of evidence. The trial of another accused, a minor at the time of crime, is going on at the juvenile court.

The court granted jail term of 14 years to the first accused P A Shaduli and second accused Abdul Rasik. The three others who were sentenced to undergo 12 years of jail term are Ansar Nadvi, Nizamudheen and Shameem. While the first two convicted have to pay fine of INR 60,000 each, the three others have to pay INR 50,000 each. As per the prosecution, the five accused entered into a criminal conspiracy in Kochi and other places to advocate, incite and abet unlawful activities for cession of Kashmir from India and to bring hatred and contempt towards the government, and in pursuance therefore, organised a secret meeting at Panayikulam near Kochi on August 15, 2006.

Non-violent
30 December 7 Kerala

After repeated cases of migrant labourers being held with FICN of high denominations, in Kerala, the NIA has decided to probe the origin of such notes. The NIA, after assessing recent cases reported in Ernakulam and Kottayam Districts, has found that the counterfeits were printed with great precision using high quality paper. A senior NIA official said the seized FICN are suspected to be of Pakistan-origin.

According to NIA officials, such counterfeits can only be printed by a neigbouring country on sophisticated machineries. "Similar FICNs seized were subjected to examination in Mumbai in 2008. The physical features of the seized FICNs were tested and found similarities with Pakistan currency. Also, the paper used for FICNs matched with the legal tender of Pakistan," the officer said. The NIA has found that the currencies are initially trafficked to Malda District of West Bengal which borders India and Bangladesh. Moreover, migrant labourers who were held with FICNs in Ernakulam and Kottayam were getting a commission of 50 per cent.

Non-violent
31 December 24 Kerala

With the case of suspected Popular Front of India (PFI) activists running a weapons training camp at Narath in Kannur District in April 2013 reaching trial stage, there is concern that the accused are trying to influence witnesses and delay proceedings, according to the NIA, which is probing the case. "The tactics being used are the same as in the hand-chopping case of Thodupuzha Newman College professor and the Bengaluru blast case. The witnesses are made to turn hostile by various means," said an NIA source.

NIA suspects that the manner in which the 22nd accused, Kamarudheen, surrendered in court was also intended to delay the court process. "There is a concerted effort to sabotage the case with the support of leaders of a major political party in the ruling front. However, evidence clearly shows that it was a weapons training camp. The members were taught to hurl bombs and use swords, for which they were taught human anatomy," the official said. Under threat, the witnesses are afraid to even register a Police complaint. However, the accused could not get bail. Many parents are now hesitant to send their children to PFI training programmes, said a cop. "So they are hell bent on sabotaging the case to regain their eroding mass support," he said.

Non-violent
32 June 22 Dharmadam / Kannur District

A FICN case with a Chinese connection has been established by investigation agencies in Kerala. The NIA which interrogated the accused in the counterfeits seizure from Dharmadam, Kannur, recently found that FICN was sourced by a Pakistani national residing in China. The inflow of FICN have increased double fold in the past few years as seizure of notes having face value of INR 34,55,000 were recovered in 2015 compared to INR 7,51,000 in 2014. In the first three months of 2016, there were 11 FICN seizure cases were registered in Kerala. NIA is currently probing eight fake currency seizure cases reported in Kerala. NIA has unraveled Pakistan's ISI and D-company link in some of the cases here earlier.

Non-violent
33 September 12 Kerala

Yasmin Zaid, the radicalised schoolteacher from Kerala who was arrested at Delhi airport last month before she could board a flight to Kabul (Afghanistan) in her attempt to join Islamic State (IS), has told the NIA that at least 22 people from Kerala had left India between May and July this year to join the terror outfit. Yasmin told the interrogators that among the 22 people, six were women and three infants, and all of them exited India in batches, from Bangalore (Karnataka), Hyderabad (Telangana) and Mumbai (Maharashtra). She also provided information on fugitive IS recruiter Abdul Rashid, saying she had in fact married him on May 3 during a nikah conducted over the phone.

The NIA sources said that Yasmin told the interrogators that Rashid and his first wife Ayisha were in touch with a couple from the UK, who were actively championing IS on the internet. Yasmin has already told the NIA that IS was running "terror classes" in India, and that 40 people had already been indoctrinated by Rashid, who also persuaded Mumbai graduate Ashfaq Abdul Majid to join the group. "Yasmin revealed that Rashid is a vital cog in Daesh's India operations. In fact, he provided her with Rs 1.5 lakh to facilitate her travel to Afghanistan," an NIA source said.

Non-violent
2014

Sl. No.

Date

Place

Incident

Nature

1

January 7

Kerala

Kochi is turning out to be the cybercrime capital of Kerala, registering an almost 75 per cet increase in such crimes in 2012 compared with 2011.

Non-violent
2 January 9

Kochi, Eranakulam District

Three persons were arrested from Old Market Road in Angamaly of Ernakullam District while shopping with FICN with a face value of INR 1000.

Non-violent
3 February 12 Kasargod

The NIA arrested an accused, Shihab H.K. from Bushra Manzil in Kanhangod town of Kasargod District. He is the seventh accused as per the FIR in Thaliparamba FICN case.

Non-violent
4
February 18

Ernakulam / Kerala

The NIA has filed a chargesheet at the NIA Special Court against two accused, Abdul Kalam alias Azad and Abdul Majeed in the Nedumbassery (Ernakulam District, Kerala) FICN case of March, 2010.

Non-violent
5
February 23

Kerala

A team of Kerala and Tamil Nadu Police arrested a key suspect, K Sahul Hameed alias Paravi Badusha wanted in connection with a bomb blast on April 17, 2013, outside a BJP in Bangalore (Karnataka), from his hideout in Anchal in Punalur of Kollam District. Police also seized a pistol and 17 kg of explosive substances from him.

Non-violent
6 March 3 Taliparamba / Kannur

NIA Special Court dismissed the bail petition of Aboobacker Haji alias Masthigooda Aboobacker, the fourth accused in the Taliparamba (Kannur District of Kerala) FICN case.

Non-violent
7 March 14 Kerala

The central enforcement and intelligence agencies have commenced surveillance activities to curb high inflow Hawala (illegal money transaction) money in Kerala.

Non-violent
8 March 14 Trichi

The counterfeit currency wing of the Crime Branch of Criminal Investigation Departement (CID) neutralised a four-member gang who were trying to exchange FICN with a face value of INR 1,96,500 in Trichy.

Non-violent
9 April 3 Ernakulam

Police arrested two persons, identified as Deenabandhu Barman and Shine Mandal hailing from West Bengal along with FICN to the tune of INR 56,500 at Muvattupuzha in Ernakulam District.

Non-violent
10 April 3 Kerala

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has given notification to the NIA Special Court I in Kochi (Kerala) to resume trial of NIA cases registered in the state.

Non-violent
11 April 25 Kerala

The Kerala Police and the NIA produced further evidence before the Centre-appointed tribunal for reviewing the ban on SIMI.

Non-violent
12 May 5 Kerala

The Kerala Police asserted that IM operatives Zia-ur-Rehman alias Waqas and Tehseen Akhtar, who stayed in Munnar from September to November 2013, didn't get more local help than what was found earlier. The state Police called off their investigation in this regard.

Non-violent
13 May 6 Kochi

The Additional District and Sessions Court of Kochi sentenced three persons, identified as Mohanan (61), his son Visak (27) and Vijyan (51) to four years imprisonment for involvement in a FICN case and the court also ordered them to pay a fine of INR 5,000.

Non-violent
14 May 16 Kochi

One person, identified as Naveen was arrested by Kadavanthra Police in 'Operation Kuber' along with FICN with a face value of INR 1,45,495 in Kochi of Ernakulam District.

Non-violent
15 May 19 Kerala

Police and intelligence agencies are investigating the origin of a 'circular' purportedly written by an IM operative, which details the recruitment drive initiated by the banned terrorist outfit in Kerala.

Non-violent
16 May 29

Ernakulam, Kerala

NIA Court will frame charges against the accused in the Panayikulam (Ernakulam District in Kerala) camp case of SIMI on June 16, 2014. The court has asked all the accused, including those who received bail in the case, to be produced in court on June 16 for completing procedures before beginning trial in the case.

Non-violent
17 May 30

Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala Police seized over 200kg of ammonium nitrate and over 2,000 gelatine sticks from the outhouse of the residence of Binu of Arattukuzhi near Vellarada in Thiruvananthapuram District, Kerala. The explosives were brought from Trichy in Tamil Nadu. Besides Binu, Police have booked one more person, Vinod in the case.

Non-violent
18 May 30

Thiruvananthapuram

Interceptor vessel C-407 was commissioned into the Indian Coast Guard to strengthen coastal security off Kerala coast by K S Balasubramanian, Kerala DGP. The induction of interceptor boat in Coast Guard will enhance the capability of the Coast Guard towards coastal security, Search and Rescue and enforcement of Maritime laws off Kerala coast.

Non-violent
19 May 31

Malappuram, Kerala

NIA arrested a native of West Bengal, identified as Muhammed Inshan Ali who is an accused in the Manjeri (Malappuram District of Kerala) FICN case from Chennai.

Non-violent
20 June 1

Kerala

Muhammed Inshan Ali, who is an accused in the Manjeri (Malappuram District of Kerala) FICN case was produced before the Special Court which remanded him in judicial custody until June 13, 2014.

Non-violent
21 June 16 Kochi

NIA was granted 10 days custody of an accused, Mammunhi alias Muhammad Kunji in the Kasargod FICN case by the NIA court in Kochi.

Non-violent
22 June 21 Kasargod

Police arrested an underworld militant and former aide of Dawood Ibrahim, identified as Abdul Hameed alias Puttu (40) from Manjeshwar town of Kasargod District in Kerala.

Non-violent
23 June 24 Ernakulam

Kerala Police arrested two persons, identified as Israt Ali and Mohammed Ujeer in Ernakulam District and seized FICN worth INR 2,10,000. Both are reportedly from Bihar.

Non-violent
24 June 26 Kochi

FICNs seized earlier on June 24 from two persons have been reportedly brought to Kochi from Pakistan through Bangladesh border, RBI verified the notes and revealed the information. According to official sources, Police are investigating the probable role of Pakistan in producing the FICNs. According to sources, the notes were handed over to a Bangladeshi citizen residing illegally in Jharkhand. The notes came to Kerala through migrant labourers working in the state who frequently visit their native places.

Non-violent
25 June 28 Kerala

NIA has taken over the investigation into the case of alleged plot by Pakistan-based terror group to carry out suicide attacks on the US and Israeli consulates in South India. The probe was handed over by the Tamil Nadu Police so that the complete conspiracy hatched overseas including in Sri Lanka and Malaysia could be unravelled, official sources said. Besides these two countries, investigation would also be carried out in Maldives from where the suicide attackers were supposed to take a boat ride to reach a coast in Kerala, the sources said.

Non-violent
26 June 29 Kochi

The Kochi International airport in Kerala, where security had been tightened following receipt of threatening calls of attack by terrorists, would continue to be on red alert. Police, CRPF and Thunderbolt Commandos will continue to provide security to the airport.

Non-violent
27 July 2 Kalamassery

Police received information that Kerala has turned out to be a hotspot for racketeers who arrive here to turn FICN into original currency notes. The information was received after interrogating two youths from Bihar, who were arrested by the Police for possessing counterfeit notes at Kalamassery last week.

Non-violent
28 July 14 Kochi

A Kochi court withdrew a warrant issued against Abdul Nasser Madani after SC granted him bail. The case related to organizing a meeting of the banned Islamic Sevak Sangham at Anwarssery (Kollam District) in December 1992. In the warrant sent to the Bangalore jail, the court had ordered to produce Madani before it by August 13, 2013. The warrant had been lying unexecuted.

Non-violent
29 July 16 Kochi

NIA has taken over the investigation into the seizure of FICN from Nedumbassery Airport, Ernakulam District in January 27, 2013. The NIA re-registered the FIR in the case at NIA Court in Kochi. According to NIA officials, they have taken over the investigation into the case in which 1,950 FICNs of INR 500 denomination, with a face value of INR 9,75,000 were seized from Nedumbassery Airport.

Non-violent
30 July 18 Malappuram

Police arrested a person, Haroon Rasheed in connection with the distribution of FICN worth INR 3,00,000, in Malappuram. "Haroon Rasheed worked as a sub-contractor at a hollow bricks firm in Kondotty. He used the Bengali labourers there to bring fake notes via Bangladesh to India. Haroon Rasheed will use this money in different shops during hectic hours. More persons are involved in this crime. It also has an international link. National agencies have collected evidence in the case and we are in search for the remaining persons in the mafia," Malappuram SI Manoj Parayatta said.

Non-violent
31 July 23 Ernakulam

The Kerala High Court dismissed the bail plea of an accused, Mastigudda Aboobacker in the Thaliparamba FICN case.

Non-violent
32 July 29 Palakkad

Hindu Munnani's headquarters at Chintadripet in Chennai received a letter, which threatened to kill Hindu leaders who make inflammatory speeches against Prophet Muhammad. Police said the letter had been posted from Palakkad in Kerala and they were trying to trace the sender.

Non-violent
33 July 31 Malappuram District

An accused in the February 14, 1998 Coimbatore serial bomb blasts case, identified as S Kunhi Mohammed was arrested in Malappuram District. However, three other accused including B Mujibur Rehman alias Muji, A Jagubar Sadiq alias Tailor Raja alias Valarntha Raja and NP Noohu are still absconding for the past 16 years.

Non-violent
34 August 26

Kerala

Sources said that IS, in a deadly pursuit to establish an Islamic Caliphate, is recruiting poor Muslims in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra and J&K. The several security agencies including RAW and NIA have said that more than 100 Indian men could have already joined the IS in Iraq and these IS recruits could be used to strike terror in India once the war in Iraq and Syria ends. Sources also said that an IM man who is declared as wanted by the NIA could be recruiting for the ISIS.

Non-violent
35 August 29

Idukki District

Kerala Police arrested Jamil Akhtar, a suspected aide of IM operatives Waqas Ahmed and Tehseen Aktarat from Munnar in Idukki District on charges of arranging accommodation for them in 2013. According to Police, Aktar hails from Bihar.

Non-violent
36 August 30

Idukki District

Police have released Jamil Aktar who was taken into custody from Munnar in Idukki District of Kerala on August 29 for suspected links with IM operatives Waqas Ahmed and Tehseen Aktar. Police said they had decided to release Aktar after a detailed interrogation failed to yield any substantive evidence to establish his suspected IM links.

Non-violent
37 August 30

Kerala

A noted Muslim cleric in Kerala issued a fatwa asking his community members to boycott the IS and other terrorist organisations. In his religious decree, general secretary of All India Sunni Jam-e-yyathul Ulema, Shaikh Abu Bakr Ahmad said favouring the extremist organizations is antithetical to the Islamic sharia.

Non-violent
38 September 18 Kochi

NIA, which is investigating the Kasargod FICN cases, has found that FICN with face value of INR 31,00,000 were brought to Kerala from Dubai through the Bangalore Airport in August 2012.NIA has charge sheeted Abdul Jabbar Usman Abdul Nazir K A alias Nasar alias Safar Nazar A M Subaida Moideen alias Moideenabba Ummer Beary, Haji Master Manzil and Abdul Rehman. The NIA exempted Mammunhi alias Muhammed Kunji alias Thailangadi Mammunhi and Majeed Mohammad Abdul Khader alias Majeed Koliyad from charge sheet, stating that the evidence available against them were not sufficient for prosecution. Moreover, another accused, Majeed Koliyad is still absconding.

Non-violent
39 September 24 Kerala

The IB has warned that "groups and elements supportive of extremist ideology similar to al-Qaeda" are trying to "increase communal tension" in states like J&K, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, UP, Bihar, Karnataka, Kerala and Delhi. The intelligence report (reference no-3627-60 & 3698- 3731/C&R Cell-C-2/SII), has reiterated that al- Qaeda 'chief' Ayman-al-Zawahari, who launched a new branch for the Indian sub-continent, also intends to target commercial centres, tourist destinations, religious places, aviation sector, railways infrastructure and BJP offices in various states, including West Bengal and Assam. The report has been dispatched to all state police agencies.

Non-violent
40 September 27 Kozhikode

The ISIT of the Kerala Police arrested a key accused, identified as P. A. Raisal, in the 2008 Bangalore bomb blast case, at the Kozhikode International Airport. Raisal, an aide of IM operative Thadiyantavide Nazeer, who is an accused in many terror-related cases in Kerala and Karnataka, was arrested by a team led by SP, Sam Christy Daniel.

Non-violent
41 September 29 Kochi

The Bangalore unit of the NIA will come to Kochi to interrogate P. A. Raisal, the key accused in the Bangalore bomb blast case. According to sources, the NIA would take Raisal to Bangalore for collecting details pertaining to his alleged role in the bomb blast. He was arrested from Kozhikode international airport of Kozhikode District in Kerala on September 27.

Non-violent
42 October 11 Kerala

The NIA's probe into the Burdwan blast is pointing to a bigger plot extending not just to neighbouring Assam, but also to J&K and the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The NIA has, based on leads gathered from the women arrested from the Burdwan blast site, picked up a suspect from J&K, a construction worker belonging to West Bengal. An official said that "Phone records reveal that they had contacts in almost all the major megacities, also in South India. We will have to verify the antecedents of each and every contact. Six of the Assam-based suspects who were in touch with the two men killed in the blast have already been arrested."

Non-violent
43 October 13 Kerala

The six accused, including two women, who were arrested in the Burdwan blast case have reportedly given some important leads in the transnational terror conspiracy, in which JMB's key militant Kausar, who is now on the run, reportedly has connections with some Kerala-based terror modules, which are an alleged offshoot of the banned SIMI.

Non-violent
44 October 24 Kochi

The security at the Kochi airport in Kerala had been tightened after the airport authorities received information from Kolkata that there was a threat of a bomb explosion or a possible suicide attack to the Air India (AI) flight on the Mumbai-Kochi and Ahmedabad-Mumbai sectors. Airport director AKC Nair said that they received information from Kolkata that there was a threat of bomb attack or bomb suicide attack on an AI flight on the Mumbai-Kochi sector on October 25 and Ahmedabad-Mumbai sector on October 24. Airport sources said that the airport will be on high security till Monday (October 27) when a review meeting will be held. The situation will be analysed after the meeting after which a decision to continue with the high security or not will be taken.

Non-violent
45 October 28 Thiruvananthapuram

Days after the Kerala Government was warned that the state was turning into a recruiting hub for IS, a poster supporting the terror outfit appeared near the Thampanoor Police Station in the Thiruvananthapuram District. The Police immediately removed the poster and are investigating the case. The poster reportedly carried a message justifying IS's activities in Iraq and Syria.

Non-violent
46 October 28 Thiruvananthapuram

The BJP office in Kerala's capital has received a letter threatening harm to PM Narendra Modi, who is slated to visit Thiruvananthapuram next month. The letter features Modi's photo juxtaposed against that of British aid worker David Haines, who was beheaded by the IS.

Non-violent
2013

Sl. No.

Date

Place

Incident

Nature

1

January 26

Kochi Airport, Ernakulam District

Customs officials seized FICN worth INR 975,000 on board a Dubai-Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)-Kochi Emirates flight.

Non-violent
2 February 12

Kochi, Eranakulam District

Police an imam and his assistant for possession of Pakistan-printed FICN.

Non-violent
3 March 11

Olavakode Railway Station, Palakkad District

Police arrested three persons involved in possessing FICN and seized FICN worth INR 49,000.

Non-violent
4 April 25 Kerala

Terrorist organisations like IM have agents to source two-wheelers which are used to plant bombs and trigger blasts in various parts of India.

Statement
5 May 2 Kochi District

The security of the Court Complex which includes, NIA and CBI courts, have been increased following an alert issued by the Intelligence Wing.

Statement
6 May 2 Ernakulam

The NIA on filed a chargesheet before the NIA special court against Aboobacker Haji alias Masthigooda Aboobacker, a close aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and three others in the Taliparamba (Kannur District of Kerala) FICN case.

Statement
7 May 3 Kannur District

Kerala CM Oommen Chandy said that his government was willing to permit the NIA take over the probe into the alleged seizure of weapons from an arms training centre of the Popular Front of India (PFI) at Narath, near Kannur (Kannur District), on April 23, 2013.

Statement
8 May 10 Kerala

Kerala Government decided to hand over the investigation into the case related to the seizure of weapons from a training camp of PFI at Narath in Kannur District to the NIA.

Statement
9 May 11 Thrissur District

Police arrested two persons, Sulfikar Ali (22) and Shabeer (24), for their suspected involvement in the April 17, 2013 bomb blast in front of the BJP office in Bangalore, from Kecheri near Kunnamkulam in Thrissur District.

Non-Violent
10 May 13 Thiruvananthapuram

The coastal security arrangements in Kerala, mainly along Thiruvananthapuram, are not up to standard and cannot effectively thwart possible infiltration bid by terrorists.The drawbacks in the existing coastal security system came to the fore after officers of the Indian Navy, coast guard, Police and other government agencies analyzed the outcome of Gemini-2, the recently concluded second edition of coastal defence drill held for Kerala and Lakshadweep Islands.

Statement
11 May 30

Kollam Railway Station, Kollam District

Police arrested two members of a major FICN racket engaged in circulating FICN in various parts of south India.

Non-violent
12 May 31 Varanasi District

Despite adverse report from District administration, the UP Government decided to withdraw cases against suspected Bangladesh based militant organisation HuJI militant, Shamim.

Statement
13 June 11

Mudavanmughal, Poojappura, Kollam District

Police seized FICN of INR 285,000 from the residence of a former officer of ISRO, identified as Madhava Kurup at and arrested him and his accomplice- Sunil Thomas for their alleged links with FICN racket.

Non-violent
14 June 12

Kondotty, Malappuram District

The NIA has filed a charge sheet against seven persons, including an accused in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case, in a case related to circulation of NIA.

Non-violent
15 June 13

Ernakulam, Ernakulam District

The NIA Special Court dismissed the bail plea of Kamaludeen alias Shobharaj Kamal, a key accused in the Kondotty (Malappuram District) FICN case.

Statement
16 July 1

Narath Kannur District

Kerala State Police submitted before Kerala High Court that the PFI cadres, who participated in the Narath (Kannur District) weapons training camp, had close links with IM and Dawood Ibrahim. Police found that one of the accused had contacted Sanaulla Shabandri belonging to the Bhatkal family, founder of IM. The bank accounts of the accused establish the link.

Non- violent
17 July 18 Tiruchirapalli District

The counterfeit currency wing of CBCID at Trichy (Tiruchirapalli District) arrested three people and seized FICN with a face value of INR 2.5 milion. Police arrested Ramadass, Augustin and Krishnamoorthy based on a complaint filed by a land broker Ramu of Pudukkottai (Pudukkottai District).

Non- violent
18 July 31 Kannur District

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has given orders to the NIA to take over the Narath Popular Front camp case.

Statement
19 August 12

Kochi / Ernakulam

NIA formally launched an investigation into the April 2013 Narath Arms seizure case and filed a fresh FIR before the NIA special court II in Kochi (Ernakulam District) in Kerala.

Non- Violent
20 September 12 Kerala

An unnamed IB official said that Yasin and Riaz Bhatkal had close connections with JIAM which is the Kerala module of Indian Mujahideen suspected to be operating in rural parts of Ernakulam, Kannur and Kasargod Districts.

Non- Violent
21
September 18 Kerala

Yasin Bhatkal told his interrogators that he has been instrumental in setting up new sleeper cells of IM in north Kerala Districts.

Statement
22 September 29

Nadakkavu / Kozhikode

Kerala Police arrested Kallarimangalam Puthenparakkal Abdurehiman (38), a former activist of the proscribed SIMI and managing director of Nanma Books from Nadakkavu area of Kozhikode city in Kozhikode District, on the charge of publishing a book aimed at fomenting communal hatred.

Non-violent
23
October 4 Kochi

The NIA special court in Kochi, sentenced 13 people to life imprisonment after they were found guilty on charges of recruiting youths from Kerala to carry out acts of terror with the support of LeT and Pakistan's ISI.

Non-violent
24
October 14 Thiruvananthapuram

Four persons, identified as Shehin S (20), Vishnu A (22), R Adarsh (19) and Jithin Shanker (21), were arrested for their involvement in running FICN racket from Kilimanoor area of Thiruvananthapuram city of Thiruvananthapuram District.

Non-violent
25
October 15 Thiruvananthapuram

Rajesh (24), was arrested for their involvement in the circulation of FICN from Thiruvananthapuram city.

Non-violent
26
October 17 Kerala

Yasin Bhatkal has admitted his indirect links with terror operators in Kerala during an interrogation by the State Police recently.

Non-violent
27 October 21

Kerala

The chargesheet filed by NIA in Narath (Kannur District) arms training case, in which 21 persons were arrested on April 23, 2013 is a sign of involvement of outfits like PFI and their political outfit Socialist Democratic Party of India in conducting arms training camps across Kerala under the pretence of health awareness camps and yoga classes.

Non-violent
28 October 24

Vadakara /Kozikode

Minister of State for Home Mullappally Ramachandran laid the foundation stone for the second coastal Police Station in Kerala at Vadakara in Kozikode District.

Non-violent
29 October 31 Kochi

NIA arrested a key accused, identified as Abdul Karim alias Azad in a FICN case from Kondotty in Malappuram District and produced him before the NIA special court in Kochi.

Non- violent
30 November 10 Kochi

The Crime Branch investigating the FICN case, which were seized at Nedumbassery airport, has identified the kingpin of the FICN racket operating from Dubai.

Non- violent
31 November 18 Kerala

NIA probing FICN cases in Kerala suspects that Haji Abdul Rahman, a major dealer of counterfeit notes has played a prominent role in the Kasargod FICN case.

Non- violent

2012

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Date

Place/ District

Incident

1

January 29

Karela

The NIA informed that Muhammed Shameer, a native of Kannur in Kerala, who was arrested in Delhi, in connection with the 2008 Bangalore Blast case, on January 25 was a vital link for the inflow of money for terrorist purposes.

The NIA has undertaken two major FICNs cases in the State, after some Pakistan links were established in both the cases.

2 February 9 Kochi

NIA submitted charge sheet against 18 accused in the Kashmir Terrorist Recruitment Case at NIA court Kochi, in Kerala. According to the charge sheet, Tadiyantavide Nazeer and Shafas who are accused in several other terrorism cases have joined hands with the banned LeT to execute anti-national activities.

3

February 14

Kochi

NIA suspects the role of state-sponsored agencies behind the printing of FICN. The high quality of duplication exhibited in the FICN seized at Taliparamba of Kerala shows the involvement of a state-sponsored racket.

4

February 18

Perla / Kasargod District

Police recovered a huge cache of explosive substances from a parked car at Perla under the Badiaduka Police Station limits in Kasargod District. The recovery of nearly 200 kg of Ammonium Nitrate kept in four plastic bags, 500 aluminium detonators kept in five packets and six roles of wicks were recovered by the Badiaduka Police.

5 March 2 Kochi

Kerala Government submitted before the Kerala High Court that Susan Nathan- a British-born Jewish writer- has close connections with some extremists in the State, including the SIMI and NDF and should be deported.

6 March 7 Dubai, UAE

Abdul Rehman Haji from Hosdurg Kolavayal in Kasargod District, who is said to be the chief operator of a cartel engaged in supplying FICN printed in Pakistan to Kerala and Karnataka, was arrested by the Dubai police in Dubai, UAE

7 March 14 Kochi

SIMI leader Habib Falahi was produced before NIA Special Court in Kochi and was included as accused 32 in the Wagamon SIMI training camp case. After ascertaining the role of Habib Falahi, NIA is now on the lookout for another Uttar Pradesh-based SIMI leader Fariz who attended this camp.

8 April 24 Puthiyatheru/Kannur

The Kashmir terror recruitment case involving LeT 'southern commandant', Thadiyantavide Nazeer, the Police arrested two militants, Shahraz and Muneer who "extorted money" from people to fight the case of the culprits in Puthiyatheru of Kannur District of Kerala.

9 April 26 Chunnambuthara/Palakkad

Police arrested three youths from Chunnambuthara town in Palakkad District of Kerala with FICN of face value of INR 846,000 with 1000 and 500 denominations brought in a car from Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) to Thrissur. The three arrested persons have been identified as Prasad (37), M.K. Joy (43) and Manoj (38).

10 May 28

Kizhakkambalam/ Ernakulam

Two suspected LeT militants, identified as K.P. Shabeer and Ismail alias Bomb Ismail were arrested by Kerala crime branch team, in connection with the attack on a jewellery owner and his two sons, and looting of 2.25 kilogram of gold at Kizhakkambalam in Ernakulam District on June 20, 2002.

11 June 4 Kizhakkambal/Ernakulam

The crime branch team probing the Kizhakkambal (Ernakulam District in Kerala) robbery case, involving suspected LeT militants, took suspected LeT militant, Thadiyantavide Nazeer into custody.

12 June 7 NS

Thadiyantavide Nazeer, the suspected LeT terrorist, pleaded guilty in two vehicle theft cases that he had mastermind in 2008.

13 June 27 Kochi/Palakkad

An Iranian national, Abdul Majeed Abu Najli was arrested in Kochi with INR 32 FICNs of a denomination of INR 500.

14 July 4 Wagamon/Idukki

Seven terror related cases, including the camp held by SIMI activists at Wagamon (Idukki District), were handed over to the National Investigating Agency.

15 August 4 Perumbavoor, Ernakulum

Kerala Crime Branch team arrested three suspects, alleged links with terrorist outfit LeT, from their hideout at Perumbavoor in Ernakulum. The arrested have been identified as Abdul Halim (35), Shamnad (24), Ponnani and Anaz (28).

16 August 6 Perumbavoor, Ernakulum

Kerala Crime Branch team arrested three suspects, alleged links with terrorist outfit LeT, from their hideout at Perumbavoor in Ernakulum. The arrested have been identified as Abdul Halim (35), Shamnad (24), Ponnani and Anaz (28).

17 August 11 Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

According to the reports from the NIA South Zone Coordination conference in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala is the fountainhead of most of the Islamist terror operations in the country.

18 August 20 NS

Cyber security agencies have detected the hand of the PFI in Kerala and Bangladesh-based HuJI, while tracking SMSs that led to the exodus of Northeast people.

19 August 23 Velloor, Kottayam District

Police defused a bomb found from the railway track near Velloor (Kottayam District, Kerala) along Kottayam-Ernakulam stretch.

20 August 24  

Government report says that the recent cyber attacks was to test the effectiveness of network of 'modules and sleeper cells' of subversive outfits in states like Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Kerala.

Intelligence agencies in their report have warned that outfits like HuJI, IM, SIMI and even the PFI have a formidable network in southern India and have 'increased their support base manifold' in the last few years.

21 September 3  

Crime in India 2011 Report released recently by the NCRB states Kerala is ahead in cyber crimes.

22 October 10 Thalassery/ Kerala

The chief judicial magistrate in Thalassery (Kerala) sent terror suspect Rayeez to Police custody in connection with a case of the seizure of explosives in Malayalamkunnu under Chakkarakkal Police limits on December 10, 2009.

23 November 3 NS

NIA has learnt that Masthigudda Aboobacker, prime accused arrested on November 2, in FICN racket, has links with terrorist organizations and has been funding them in northern parts of Kerala.

24 November 9 NS

A Special CBI Court, designated NIA Court left Tahir Merchant alias Tahir Taklya known as "cashier" of Dawood Ibrahim and a key accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, in the custody of NIA till November 16, for questioning in Kerala's Karippur FICN case of 2008.

25 November 9 Coimbatore

A man was arrested near KMCH hospital on Avinashi road, Coimbatore (Kerala) for possessing FICN worth INR 5,000.

26 November 15 NS

Tahir Merchant alias Tahir Taklya, told the NIA that the underworld don and his company were behind the operation of smuggling in Pakistan-manufactured FICN worth several millions of INR to India since 2007.

NIA will conduct a detailed probe on non-resident Keralites, who acted as conduits for the Karippur (Malappuram District of Kerala) counterfeit currency note case racket.

27 November 21 Kannur

Police have arrested a man suspected to be part of a FICN racket in Kannur District (Kerala).

28 December 7

Nedumbassery airport, (Ernakulum District)

Abdul Majeed, an accused in the FICN case of August 16, 2008, was arrested by NIA following his deportation from Dubai. He was picked up from Nedumbassery airport, Ernakulum District (Kerala) and produced before the NIA special court.

29 December 11 Bangalore

Karnataka is facing a new challenge of dealing with Cyber Crimes, with Bangalore continuing to see a rapid rise in the numbers in the past four years.

30 December 10

Chengamanadum Nadakkavu and Kochi

The NIA said Supreme Court that bail should not be granted to persons engaged in circulating high value FICN as it amounted to an act of terror intended to destabilize India's economy.

It said the network for smuggling FICN was seized from Chengamanadum Nadakkavu and Kochi (in Kerala), Bettiah and Raxaul (Bihar), Kolkata (West Bengal), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) and Nawanshehr (Punjab).


2011

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Date

Place/ District

Incident

1

January 14

Kochi

The Police filed a charge sheet against 27 members of the Popular Front of India (PFI) in the case relating to the attack on college teacher T.J. Joseph in Muvattupuzha in Kerala.

2 April 28 Kochi

The NIA was granted the permission by a CBI judge in Kochi in Kerala to conduct further probe into a case relating to chopping off of the palm of T J Joseph, a lecturer of Newman College in Thodupuzha following blasphemy allegations in 2010.

3 June 8 Kottayam

According to highly placed sources in the Indian intelligence agencies, the SIMI and the CPI-Maoist have recently conducted a secret meeting in Kottayam District of Kerala.

4

June 25

Kochi

Madhya Pradesh Police arrested a former cadre of the SIMI at the Cochin International Airport in Kochi town of Kerala.

5 July 27 Guruvayur, Kochi

Authorities of the Lord Krishna Temple at Guruvayur received a letter which warned of bomb attacks from al- Qaeda on the temple.

6

December 9

Karela

Three fishermen of Azhikkal harbor suffered stab injuries when they were attacked by cadres of PFI, an Islamic extremist outfit, and Campus Front, its student wing.

7

December 29

Karela

An ATS official said that Habib's name had come to light in the interrogation of another SIMI cadre, Abu Bashar of Azamgarh who was arrested in August 2008 in Lucknow by Gujarat and UP ATS in connection with the same case. Habib allegedly had played role in conducting recce of places where the timer devices were planted in Ahmadabad and also in triggering off the blasts. The official added that Habib had studied at Islah madarsa (seminary) near Sarai Mir where he came in contact with SIMI operatives Abu Bashar, Abu Jafar and Anwar Azam, and then joined the outfit. He also had attended training camps at Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh and Ernakulum in Kerala between 2007 and 2008. The camps were organised by SIMI president Safdar Nagori, said the ATS official. Habib had been in regular contact with top SIMI men, including Nagori, Kayamuddin Kapadia and Tauqir before he played a role in the Ahmadabad serial blasts.


2010

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Date

Place/ District

Incident

1

July 12

Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Abdul Nassar Madani, one of the accused in the 2008 Bangalore serial blasts case, filed an anticipatory bail application before the Bangalore (Karnataka) High Court. Madani moved high court after the fifth fast track court had dismissed his anticipatory bail application on July 9. City Crime Branch police named Madani as the 31st accused in the blast case.

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August 5

Kerala

A new outfit, Popular Front of India (PFI), which calls India its enemy and asks for 'total Muslim empowerment', is under scanner in Kerala for its alleged anti-India ideology. The documents seized from cadres of the outfit, prove its anti-national ideology. The documents portray the nation as its enemy and calls to work towards 'total Muslim empowerment’. The documents also describe the so-called 'freedom parade' organised by the PFI at various centres on Independence Day (August 15), as a means to motivate and rejuvenate Muslims.

The PFI activists recently chopped the hands of a college lecturer, T. J. Joseph, who allegedly set a question paper, which hurt Muslim sentiments. Meanwhile, Kerala's Education Minister M. A. Baby said that the State Government would soon be banning the Freedom Parade organised by PFI activists on every Independence Day in the light of the attack on Joseph

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August 15

Kollam

Facing arrest warrant in the July 2008 Bangalore serial blast blasts case, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Abdul Nassar Madani said he would surrender before the nearest court in the coming days. Addressing a press meet at his camp at Anwarassery near Kollam in Kerala amid intense speculation and suspense over his arrest, Madani said he "preferred surrendering before the nearest court in the coming days" as he was keen to avoid law and order problems that his arrest could trigger.

4 August 17 Kollam District

The PDP leader, Abdul Nasir Madani, was arrested in Kollam in Kerala in connection with the 2008 Bangalore blasts case. A Karnataka Police team backed by the Kerala Police entered the Anwarssery camp of the PDP leader and arrested him. Madani was brought to Bangalore and produced before the First Additional City Metropolitan Magistrate, Venkatesh R. Hulgi, at the latter's residence. He was remanded to Police custody till August 26.

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September 6

Muvattupuzha

Union Home Secretary G.K. Pillai said that there was no need for the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to inquire into the attack on lecturer T.J. Joseph at Muvattupuzha in Kerala as the State Police were investigating the case creditably. Speaking to newspersons, Pillai said the State Government had made no demand for an NIA investigation into the incident. It had only intimated the Centre about the ongoing investigation. As regards the radical outfit Popular Front of India (PFI) whose cadres allegedly had attacked Joseph, Pillai said that the State Police was aware of the activities of the PFI and it was under close watch but there had been no discussion about banning the outfit, as of yet.

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September 8

Cochin

Kerala High Court on dismissed the bail applications of seven activists of the radical outfit Popular Front of India (PFI), arrested in connection with the brutal attack on a college lecturer for preparing a question paper with alleged derogatory reference to Prophet Mohammad. The seven accused are Siyad, Sikander, Kamarudeen, Abdul Lateef, Moideen Kutty, Shiyas and Mohammed Ali.Turning down their bail pleas, Justice V Ramkumar said if the objective of the activity was to disturb harmony and tranquillity of the society and create fear, it would be held to be a terrorist activity.

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October 15

Kasargod

The Rajasthan Police and Karnataka anti-terrorist squad (ATS) arrested two alleged LeT militants from Kasargod (Kerala) and Ajmer (Rajasthan) for their role in the 2008 blasts in Bangalore in which one person was killed and over a dozen people were injured. The suspects were identified as Umar Farooq and Ibrahim Moulvi. "Umar was held in Ajmer and Ibrahim in Kasargod in Kerala," said Bangalore Police Commissioner Shankar Bidari. There were reports that an accomplice of Farooq was also caught in Ajmer, but it could not be confirmed. The Police have named 32 people in the chargesheet in the blasts case.

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December 30

Panayuikkulam/Kochi

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed a chargesheet against 18 cadres of the banned outfit SIMI, in a Kerala court for allegedly conspiring to advocate, incite and abet unlawful activities for secession of Kashmir from India.


2009

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Place/ District

Incident

1 February 27 Kottayam

Two suspected Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) cadres, identified as Shibili and Hafeez Hussain, who were arrested for reportedly attending a secret training camp held by the outfit in 2007, were remanded to a 15-day judicial custody. About 40 cases were pending against the duo in various parts of the country, including in Gujarat, Indore in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Malegaon in Maharashtra. Nearly 40 SIMI cadres had participated in the camp for about three days, the Police mentioned, adding that till date, ten cadres were arrested in this connection.

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March 30

Thiruvananthapuram

E. T. Zainudheen alias Abdul Sattar, who was a key operative in the suspected terrorist network having links with the LeT, was sent to the Police's SIT custody till April 13 for interrogation in connection with the ongoing investigation into the operations of terrorist recruitment modules in the State.

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May 7

Thiruvananthapuram

Sarfras Navas alias Hakim, an accused in the suspected operation of terror modules in Kerala, was remanded till May 19. He will be in Police custody till May 18 for interrogation, Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate V.K. Rajan ordered.

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March 17

Kannur and Ernakulam

185 people from Kerala were reportedly selected by the LeT and provided preliminary training at camps conducted in various centres. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the terror link to Kerala obtained this information from three Kashmiri youngsters, identified as Fiyaz Ahammed (26), Sajad Ahammed Reshi alias Hanzulla and Shabbir Ahammed Tali alias Abu Saquib (20). These three youngsters took part in the terror camp organised by the LeT in Kupwara and Dorusa forest areas in Kashmir during October 2008, along with a five-member team from Kerala. The Lashkar camp had 17 members, including seven Pakistanis and three Kashmiris. Yasin, Fayaz, Shakeer alias Rahim and Fayiz who were killed in encounters with the Police in Kashmir and Abdul Jabbar, who had escaped the scene, constituted the militants’ team sent from Kerala to Kashmir. "The Malayalis joined the camp in the second week of September. Shakeer alias Rahim was their leader. He could speak Urdu," said Fiaz Ahammed. Shabbir Ahammed Tali told the Police that 180 more youngsters were waiting in Kerala after the preliminary training to join the Jihad. "One Ustad had indoctrinated them," said Tali.

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March 30

Thiruvananthapuram

E. T. Zainudheen alias Abdul Sattar, who was a key operative in the suspected terrorist network having links with the LeT, was sent to the Police's SIT custody till April 13 for interrogation in connection with the ongoing investigation into the operations of terrorist recruitment modules in the State.

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May 7

Thiruvananthapuram

Sarfras Navas alias Hakim, an accused in the suspected operation of terror modules in Kerala, was remanded till May 19. He will be in Police custody till May 18 for interrogation, Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate V.K. Rajan ordered.

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May 13

Thiruvananthapuram

The ATS of the Kerala Police questioned the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chairman Abdul Nazer Madhani for several hours, in connection with his terrorism linkages. Madhani is suspected to have links with the LeT militants. According to unnamed sources, the Police questioned Madhani based on the confessions of Sarfras Nawas and Sainudheen, who were arrested in connection with the July 26, 2008 Bangalore serial bomb blasts case. Nawas had told the Karnataka Police that he had met Madhani in his residence at Kollam a few months after the PDP leader was released from Coimbatore jail, where he had been housed as an under trial in the Coimbatore bomb blast case.

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July 22

Kannur

The Kerala Police arrested a suspected terrorist, identified as Mohammed Abdul Haleem, for his involvement in the July 2008 Bangalore serial bomb blasts and a series of low-intensity blasts in Kerala in the last decade. Police said he was associated with the ultra-Islamic Noorish Tariquat based in Hyderabad and received terror training there. Meanwhile, the Kochi Police commissioner Manoj Abraham said that the vehicle used to plant bombs in Bangalore was the one stolen by Haleem from Aluva in Ernakulam.

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August 30

Thiruvananthapuram

The Kerala Police arrested a suspected militant, identified as Kabir, a resident of Rippon in the Wayanad District, who had a lookout notice issued against him by the Intelligence Bureau (IB). Unconfirmed reports said the IB suspects him of being involved in terrorist attacks, including the Bangalore serial bomb blasts in July 25, 2008.

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December 17

Kochi

Soofiya Madani, wife of PDP leader Abdul Nasser Madani, was arrested from her residence in Kochi shortly after the Kerala High Court dismissed her anticipatory bail application in connection with the burning of a Tamil Nadu bus in the State in September 2005.



2008

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Incident

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January 6

Kumili, Idukki

Police arrested a Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) militant, Altaf Ahmed, a 29-year old native of Jammu and Kashmir. Assistant Superintendent of Police Vikramjith Singh said that he was involved in various crimes against the state. He had reportedly applied for a passport in Idukki and the Kerala Police had sent his documents to their counterparts in Jammu and Kashmir for verification when his identity came to light, police said adding the accused got training from Pakistan.

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October 6

Thrissur

The Kerala police arrested two persons for their suspected links with the banned SIMI. Abdul Hakeem (22) from Azheekal in Guruvayur and Shameer (29) from Karukapadathu were arrested on information that the duo attended a clandestine meeting of SIMI activists at Panayikulam on August 15, 2006. The police had taken 18 persons into custody. Five of them were arrested and the others released for lack of evidence. Shibili and Ansar, who were among those arrested from Panayikulam and later released on bail, were again arrested from Indore in Madhya Pradesh with firearms in their possession. They were produced before the Paravoor Judicial First Class Magistrate who remanded them to judicial custody till October 21.

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October 21

Thrissur

Thrissur Police arrested two SIMI cadres from Kodungallur. The two cadres, identified as Nisar and Asghar, reportedly participated in a SIMI camp at Panayikulam on August 15, 2006.

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November 9

Kannur

Kerala police has arrested one suspected militant, identified as Mohammed Nainar, from the District Hospital area. He was accused of supporting terrorist activities and motivating a local youth Mohamad Fayaz, who was killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir in October 2008. He was reportedly also associated with a network that is involved in recruiting cadres for Kashmir-based militant groups.

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November 22

Kasargod

Two youths suspected to have links with Islamist extremist activities were arrested by the Kerala Police from Kanhangad. They were identified as Firose, a trader on the railway station road, and his relative Shakeeb.

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December 2

Thrissur

A four-member squad of District police arrested two National Development Front cadres, identified as Pappali Thechalveettil Naushad and Thekkekattil Majeed, at Mangalamkunnu.

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December 20

Kannur

The Police arrested a militant, identified as Sheneej, from Anayidukku for suspected links to a gang recruiting cadres from Kerala for terrorist outfits in Jammu and Kashmir. Police suspected that Sheneej had a close association with persons from Kerala having links with the Jammu and Kashmir-based terrorist outfits, Deputy Superintendent of Police, V. K. Akbar, said. Sheneej was produced before the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate court in Thalassery on the same day and remanded to judicial custody till January 3, 2009.

Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.

 

 

 

 

 
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