The list of terrorists from Kerala is shooting up and the National Investigating Agency has been drawing up several lists which indicate that the problem is grave. Although the NIA has not been able to make much sense out of the manner in which these groups or individuals work but they do realise that the patterns that they have been seeing is quite disturbing.
Recently added into the list of absconders are Mohammad Ashar and P Yusuf the two accused in the Kozhikode twin blasts case. The NIA has now written to the Ministry of Home Affairs to act against these two persons and request that an Interpol alert is issued against the duo.
The duo according to the investigation had no real inkling towards terror until the year 2003. They then came in contact with T Nasir who is also an accused in the Bangalore blasts case and from here their journey into terrorism commenced. In fact for the twin blasts at the bus stand in Kozhikode in the year 2006 the material was arranged by Yusuf while the bomb was prepared in the house of Ashar. Both these persons hail from Cheruparamba and Thaliparamba near Kannur which is notorious for its communal wars. This itself explains in detail the progrom of these two men into the world of terror, an NIA source said.
The NIA has been digging deep into the networks of Kerala and so far have realised that most of the cases associated with this state are largely political in nature. The closest that any agency has come is to Abdul Nasar Madani a politician himself. In fact it was the interrogation of T Nasir that blew the lid and made it very clear as to how important a role politics and terror play in this state.
The information that has been trickling in from the various accused who have been nabbed do not give a complete picture. However what investigators realise is that it is a cocktail of both politics and terror that is playing truant in the state. The likes of Ashar and Yusuf would have a lot of details with them and it is necessary to corborate them in order to get the correct picture. There is a need to nail those in power since they stir up the emotions of several youth when the elections are round the corner. Nasir himself during his interrogation said that they were well aware that politicians were looking for people like him and for a quick buck they undertook such activities. To the world it looked like a jihadi operation but in reality many of these attacks have been politically motivated. The NIA investigation has also found that such incidents lead up to the arrest of several youth and this becomes a plank during the elections. Such incidents are on the rise.
Now with the NIA on the trail of the above two mentioned youth it would be interesting to see what they would actually have on them once nabbed. Yusuf according to an Intelligence Bureau report is away at Saudi Arabia while Ashar is at Dubai. These youth from Kerala continue to find the Gulf as a safe haven due to the large number of sympathisers over there. Moreover the entire money trail for any terror operation in Kerala is from the Gulf.
The NIA is also foxed with the ease in which they managed to slip out. The latest information suggests that the two have decent jobs and life for them is pretty much normal. Not only do they enjoy a lot of political patronage, but also have the right set of contacts to give the police the slip over here. Today the NIA is in touch with the Dubai police seeking help to nab these persons.
The NIA during its probe has found the mindset among several youth to be extremely dangerous in Kerala. They openly support Jihadi groups in Pakistan and have started to believe that this is the ideology that needs to be followed. This has made terror an open racket in Kerala. Not only do these persons recruit with ease, have no issues where the funding too is concerned.
NIA officials say that it is difficult to make sense out of the operations over here. It is chaotic one could say. They have an ideology and do subscribe to the views of various outfits. However what makes the job harder is that they also know fully well on how to operate individually in smaller groups which makes the job even worse. Although not an impossible task it would still take time to shut down the terror shop in this state, the NIA also pointed out. This could happen with a higher rate of conviction and a stronger policy apart from some excellent investigation.