BJP raises 'serious concern' over missing youth killed in Afghanistan

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Feb. 27 (ANI): Raising serious concern over the death of a youth from Kerala in a drone strike in Afghanistan, who is believed to have joined the ISIS, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday said these recruitments are a threat to the national security and urged political parties not to indulge in politicise such sensitive issues. Talking to ANI, BJP leader S. Prakash said the Government of India should probe in detail about such recruitments and the family who are aware of such activity but fail to inform the authority. "The family must have been aware of his recruitment for ISIS in Afghanistan. It is very sad that they have not informed the authority about such a lapse.... GOI probe in depth who have crossed over border to join ISIS if the family is aware and failed to inform the authority must be punished under the Indian law. This is a serious concern and a threat to the national security. I hope political parties will not indulge in politicising these issues and try to attack the government," he added. A youth from Kerala, believed to have joined the ISIS has been killed in a drone strike in Afghanistan. The message was received by a distant relative of Hafesudheen Theke Koleth in Kasaragod, Kerala, who was from the missing 21-member group who have left the nation. The message went on to say that the killed youth had been buried in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is already probing the ISIS nexus in Kasaragod has been informed of this development. At least four out the 21 individuals, who belong to Christian and Hindu families, had converted to Islam over a year ago, reports state. Two of the individuals had reportedly sent text and voice messages to their families confirming that they have moved to a remote location. Earlier, the NIA had arrested two people in connection with the criminal conspiracy hatched within and outside India, with the intention of furthering the objectives of the Islamic State(IS) and for joining and supporting the organization. Accused Abdul Rashid Abdulla, resident of Kasaragod district and Yasmeen Mohammad Zahid, resident of Sitamarhi district, Bihar were booked under under sections 120-B and 125 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), besides sections 38, 39 and 40 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 1967. The NIA probe established that accused Abdul Rashid was the main conspirator behind the offence of motivating youth, hailing from Kasaragod district to exit from India along with their families, to join the terrorist organisation. (ANI)