KOZHIKODE: An intelligence report has revealed chilling home truths about the growing tentacles of IS among the migrant population in Kerala. Intelligence agencies have upped their vigil in the wake of reports that IS modules were sneaking displaced Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar and illegal immigrants of Bangladesh into Kerala under the guise of migrant labourers for IS assignments.
The RAW and IB were able to get solid leads into the activities of the outfit after the agencies, in January, 2016, busted a module involved in forging fake Indian travel documents, including visas to West Asian countries, for Bangladeshis and Rohingyas.
Senior intelligence officers said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had divulged details on the modus operandi of the IS modules which have created a groundswell in various parts of the state. “We have been passing on the details to the state police. These modules have been luring ‘gullible’ immigrants by offering them help to settle in remote parts of the state. We have asked the state police to be on high alert. The passport wing and the Police Department have been told to be cautious while processing passport applications. The modules are in effect creating new identities for such illegal immigrants,” said IB officer.
Rohingya Muslims began warming up to IS overtures after the global terror outfit announced its decision to support them to fight their persecutors. The Rohingyas, an ethnic Muslim minority group in a majority Buddhist country, were forced to leave their homes following a crackdown begun in 2012 by the army in the state of Rakhine.
There has been specific intel about the influx of Rohingyas into India through porous borders with the help of IS modules in Bangladesh.
“The agencies have gleaned information about the modules from 13 persons who were arrested in connection with the network.” The MHA is already wary of the rising number of Rohingyas in Jammu and Kashmir.