Monday, 1 August 2016

Kerala 21: #6 and #7: Bestin and Bexon (Yahya and Isa)

Palakkad: Relatives suspect role of IS in conversions

Jul 10, 2016, 3:44 am IST

Palakkad: Acting on a complaint filed by the father of siblings with suspected ISIS links, Palakkad South Town Police Station here has registered a case. Yakkara Vincent, father of siblings Yahiya and Isa, who got converted to Islam from Christianity three years ago filed a complaint with Palakkad SP A Srinivas on Saturday morning citing that both his sons along with their wives are missing since May and he suspect them to have joined ISIS.

Speaking to DC, Mr Srinivas said that any details with regard to the complaint and police inquiry could not be revealed as the matter was very sensitive.

“The police will conduct a detailed investigation on the basis of the man missing case registered in South Police station,” he said.
Vincent is a native of Changanassery and got settled here three years ago. His sons Beston Vincent (Yahiya) and Bekson Vincent (Isa) had got converted to Islam two years ago.

DC has learnt from sources in police that after conversion, Vincent was not in good terms with his sons. Maria, a native of Kochi who got converted from Christianity, is the wife of Yahiya and a dental doctor, Nimisha Fathima, a Hindu who turned to Islam during her stay at the Dental College at Poinachi in Kasargode, is the wife of Isa. Yahiya holds a degree and Isa has an MBA.

The last whatsApp message to Vincent from one of his sons asks him to tell those who inquire about them that they are in Sri Lanka.
There are reports that a person based in Perinthalmanna in Malappuram associated with the Kerala unit of a Yemani organisation has worked as a common link for the siblings and their wives.

Five of 15 Muslims missing from Kerala had converted to Islam just a year ago

Updated: July 10, 2016 7:47 am

Five of the 15 missing Muslims from Kerala who are feared to have joined the Islamic State (IS) were Hindus and Christians who had converted to Islam about a year ago.

Meanwhile, intelligence sources said one of those missing was in Afghanistan, while another was hiding in India.

Among the five married couples who are missing, two were earlier Hindus or Christians.



Kerala youth who joined ISIS killed

May 1, 2017

Yahiya of Yakkara in Palakkad, who had left the country along with his brother Isa and their wives to join the ISIS in July last year,  died in Afghanistan, according to the message received by his parents on Sunday. According to NIA sources, 22 persons from Palakkad and Kasargod had gone missing along with Yahiya, Isa and their wives, and joined the ISIS. The south police here told DC that a relative of the person from Kasargod, who had joined the IS, received a message about Yahiya’s death.  Mr Prateesh Kumar, superintendent of police, Palakkad, told DC  that it was up to the NIA to conduct further inquiry  and confirm the authenticity of the messages received by the relatives.   The local police would provide all  information for the NIA,  he said.

Yahiya and Isa had converted from Christianity under the influence of a Salafist group active in Kerala.   Yahia married Maria, a  former journalist from Kochi, and Isa wed  Nimisha Fathima, a dentist and a resident of Thiruvanathapruam (both converts).  All the four had left their homes in Palakkad  after telling their parents that they were going to Sri Lanka for doing business.

This piece of information was reportedly conveyed to his family which lives in Kasargod, North Kerala via the messaging app named Telegram on Saturday. The sender of the message is believed to be a youth named Ashfaq Majeed, who along with at least 19 others, had reportedly joined the Islamic State last year.

Martyred in Allah's name: ISIS claims 4 Kerala youth killed in Afghanistan

Jul 7, 2017 (Deccan Chronicle)

The Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, has released a video of five young men, claiming that they were killed in Afghanistan while fighting for it. Four of the five youth were from Kerala.
According to reports, intelligence agencies have verified the authenticity of the video. Police have identified photos of Muhammad Murshid, Hafeesudeen, Yahya and Shajeer Abdulla Mangalassery.

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