The Kerala government on Tuesday (12) 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). Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said it was a “very serious issue.”
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, the Hindu reports.
The Chief Minister termed the issue as “very serious” and ordered an urgent probe.
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.
Meanwhile, families of two more youths filed a complaint before the Chandera police in Kasaragod about their disappearance. The two youths had called up to say they would return during Eid. But they did not returned and their relatives have filed a complaint, police said.
However, the complaint does not state that they are suspecting IS links. All the missing persons are below the age of 30 and highly qualified, family members said, Indian media reports.