An Indian Army soldier, Mehaboob, hailing from Tirurangadi, Malappuram district in Kerala has been arrested by the military police. He was stationed in Jammu & Kashmir with the mechanised infantry regiment.
He had posted on his Facebook page asking anyone in his friend list to unfriend him in case they support the CAA bill. He also endorsed another post which exhorts him to finish off Narendra Modi and Amit Shah if they come in close proximity to him. This post from Manikkuttan Vavi also ensures a warm reception back home if successful. Another post suggests that ‘The Modi Effect’ (a book on Modi’s election campaign) will shortly be available for free thereby comparing it to Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’. What impression he might have had on soldiers serving with him is anybody’s guess.
The police seized seven mobile phones from him. Investigation shows that he had been using eleven fake FB profiles, six WhatsApp accounts and two Telegram accounts. These were used to spew venomous jihadi propaganda. He seemed to work tirelessly against the CAA. Police are investigating whether he has any links with terror outfits and also checking his Facebook friends.
Such activities make it important to look into roots of radicalisation of Muslim youth. It also points to the fact that infiltration by such potential ISI recruits is happening amidst our forces.
Radicalisation of youth in Kerala is primarily handled by Popular Front of India (PFI) and its subsidiaries namely Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) which is its political wing, Women India Movement (WIM) and its students wing, the Campus Front of India (CFI).
Just last months, Mangaluru police had arrested two men, Muhammed Ilyas and Abdul Basheer, affiliated to the PFI and SDPI, for spreading inciteful messages against the PM and HM on Facebook.
The PFI is in fact an offshoot of the dreaded SIMI which was banned. All PFI leaders are either workers or leaders born from the SIMI movement. The ideology is that of Jihad and Wahhabism encouraging Sharia Law. They seldom agree to the same publicly. This case also points to something that many state police officials, the ED and the NIA have been warning us all along – the PFI is utilising military and police trained personnel to train their own cadre also.
In its earlier days, the PFI used to conduct so called Freedom Parades. The cadre could be seen wearing uniforms, stars and emblems and marching in unison through our streets. These marches were banned especially since they happened on August 15th, coinciding with our Independence Day. They now conduct ‘Unity Marches’ on February 17th each year. Such marches require highly trained staff to coordinate. A lot of effort and rehearsal needs to go in to put up a show like this. What is the motivation and who trains them?
Recently a Karnataka High Court order was stayed by the Supreme Court. The case was related to granting bail to 21 members of the PFI. They were part of a gang of jihadi criminals who are accused of perpetrating violence in Mangaluru (Mangalore) on 19th December 2019, as part of an anti CAA agitation. The local police had also found that these activists were not locals and that they had come from north Kerala with the specific intention of fomenting trouble.
What was the pressing evidence that made the Karnataka HC decide to grant bail to these fundamentalists? Were the charges diluted by the local administration? What was the coercion to do so and from whom? Who motivated these radicals and why did they choose Mangaluru?
In 2017, of the 90 cases of inter-faith marriages over a two year period in Kerala, it was found that PFI was directly linked to 23 of them. An extreme example was that of Shafin Jahan, an active member of PFI, who converted Akhila Ashokan to Islam. She assumed the name of Hadiya after conversion. An NIA probe was ordered under the supervision of retired Justice R Raveendran. Raveendran ultimately excused himself from the case without providing a reason for his withdrawal. Was this Love Jihad and why did the judge recuse himself from his duties?
In 2017, Justices Surendra Mohan Kuriakose and Abraham Mathew of the Kerala High Court annulled Hadiya’s marriage to Shafin Jahan. The Kerala High Court judgement stated that ‘a girl aged 24 years is weak and vulnerable, capable of being exploited in many ways’. But on 8th March 2018, the Supreme Court bench comprising Bench comprised Chief Justice Dipak Misra, and Justices A. M. Khanwilkar and D. Y. Chandrachud set aside the annulment of the marriage.
Another case pertains to the Kannur Narath case of 2013 where country made bombs, gun powder, pellets and highly inflammable petrol products were seized by the NIA from a camp organised by the PFI. Several PFI activists were detained by the NIA. Charges framed included criminal conspiracy to impart training to youth for using explosives and weapons, with an intention to prepare them for terrorist activities and to commit acts endangering the unity and integrity of the nation. These charges were upheld in court and the accused were sentenced to up to seven years. Who was sponsoring the main accused? What were his sources of income and from where? Handling of explosives requires extreme military training, so who trained the main accused?
In mid 2018, a student named Abimanyu was stabbed to death inside his college campus in Kochi. The PFI initially denied their cadre involvement in the same. Police investigation found 17 members of the PFI were directly involved in the scuffle and several more were arrested, all belonging to the PFI. In mid 2010 Professor TJ Joseph had his hands chopped off for ‘blasphemy’ against the Islamic prophet. It later became clear that two members of the chopping squad were also involved in the Abhimanyu murder case. Abhimanyu was stabbed in his heart while a colleague of his was hospitalised with stab injuries to the liver. Who trains these terrorists in such deadly use of sharp weapons?
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