Police complaint filed against Kerala man for promoting and recruiting for IS


A police complaint was filed on Wednesday against a man from Kozhikode in Kerala for promoting the Islamic State and using social media to recruit youths for the terror group, the police said.

A. Hemachandran, chief of the Kerala Police intelligence wing, said that a first information report was registered against 24-year-old Riab by Kerala Police in Malappuram district.

Additional Director General of Police Hemachandran said Riab is believed to be now based in Syria.

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On Tuesday, police picked up two youths each from the Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode airports after they were deported from the United Arab Emirates.

All four was let off after questioning, but police and other central agencies were keeping a close tab on airports in the state.

Hemachandran said the FIR was a “follow-up” of Tuesday’s incidents.

On 11 September, the police at Rajiv Gandhi international airport had arrested a woman, Afsha Jabeen, who is alleged to be involved in recruiting youth using online platforms for the Islamic state.

Prior to this, On 16 January, Salman Mohiuddin was arrested, in context to this case, by the police just before he boarded a flight to Dubai. The man who is in his early 30s, reportedly told the police that a woman posing as a British national, with the name Nicky Joseph, had met him online and claimed that she was in love with him and would elope with him from Dubai. Together, they planned to move to Syria to join the IS.



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