Kerala ‘IS module’ planned to target Hindu leaders, mosques, reveals arrested member
In a significant revelation, Moinudheen Parakadavath, a resident of Kasargod and an important link in the Kerala Islamic State (IS) module of 22 missing persons who travelled to Afghanistan, has told the NIA that members of the “caliphate” wanted to target several Hindu leaders, Ahmadiyya mosques and Jamaat-e-Islami Hind to "create ripples".
According to a Times of India report, Moinudheen, who was arrested by the NIA following his deportation from Abu Dhabi on February 14, also revealed that “secret” online groups of IS members would regularly discuss their targets in India.
Ahmadiyya leaders and Jamaat-e-Islami have condemned IS activities in the past and said the outfit was causing more harm to muslims Muslims and Islam than the enemies of Islam.
According to Moinudheen, in one of the conversations in a closed IS group on ‘Telegram’ app, ‘Bab Al Noor’, of which he himself was a member, someone posted details of a Jamaat-e-Islami programme to be held in Kochi last year 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 was quoted by Times of India as saying during his interrogation.
When asked about the 22 missing persons from Kerala, Moinudheen 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 Kasargod 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 Kasargod in Mashhad - Dr Ijas, Marwan, Manzad, Hafesudheen and one more person whose name I don't remember,” he added.