Kerala media and political parties live in denial about the looming threat of Islamic terrorism.
The National Investigation Agency has gathered information on Islamic State’s plan to undertake a massive IED explosion in Kerala. According to some media reports, the radical Islamic outfit had conducted tests and materials for bomb making have also been amassed.
A source close to NIA said over the years, radicals have built up capacity to undertake massive explosions in Kerala and other parts of South India. There are a few sleeper IS exist in Kerala and neighbouring states.
IS managed to get maximum recruits in India from Kerala. Observers say Salafi madrassas mushrooming in the state, funded by petro dollars, are the breeding grounds of jihadi elements. The political climate in the state is also conducive for the growth of such networks in the state.
Kerala media and political parties live in denial about the looming threat of Islamic terrorism. According to Sri Lankan authorities, the terrorists who undertook blasts in Churches in the island nation had links with their counterparts in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
According to intelligence officials, the banned radical Islamist outfit SIMI (Students Islamic Movement of India) is very active in Kerala and Bengal. It has established working arrangements with like-minded organisations in South India. After the outfit was banned many of its top office-bearers have shifted to other similar organisations such as Popular Front of India, SDPI and Welfare Party of India.
The outfit operates along with Lashkar-e-Tayyeba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Hizbul Mujahideen in Kashmir. It is deep-rooted in several states. The organisation has strong covert networks in Kerala, Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Telangana.