IB warns of Islamic terror groups near K’taka border

via Pioneer News Service | Thiruvananthapuram published on February 5, 2008

The Intelligence Bureau has sent feelers to the State Home Department on presence of Islamic terror groups near Kerala-Karnataka border of Coorg and adjoining areas.

The recent arrest of an Islamic terrorist from Hubli in Karnataka and his revelations about influx of terror groups to even remote villages and cities in Karnataka have given impetus to the intelligence agency’s detailed study on the Kerala-Karnataka border.

Home Department sources The Pioneer that the State being one of the major tourist destinations across the globe was preferred by Islamic groups and other outfits like the Maoists and the LTTE as they could easily go unnoticed.

Reportedly, several individuals, who have received training in some camps in Karnataka, have immigrated to Kerala and started their textile, grocery and furniture shops. These establishments according to the sources are acting as the sleeper modules for the terror groups and recruiting centres.

The intelligence agencies have also tipped the Home Department about the possibilities of certain people and organisations within the State that are doubling as the agents of these terror outfits.

The police are even probing the antecedents of certain individuals who have come to the State for ayurvedic treatment, especially from West Asia. The central agencies opined that there were possibilities of Pakistani nationals arriving in the State using UAE passports.

The sources added the intelligence agencies were also concentrating on activities of a Kerala-based Islamist organisation, which has recently spread its tentacles across different South Indian States.

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