It was his religious duty to destroy all those who come in the way of ‘Deen’.

published on April 8, 2010

Nazeer confesses he was member of terror outfit
M P Prashanth –

KOZHIKODE: Thadiyantavide Nazeer, the kingpin of the terror network in Kerala, was a member of the Jam-Iyyathul Ishania, an extremist organisation that is suspected to be behind the murder of the reformist Islamic thinker Chekannur Moulavi. Jam-Iyyathul Ishania’s name was linked with a series of murders of RSS activists in the Malappuram and Thrissur districts in the 1990s. The outfit was busted after a coordinated police action in which many of its activists were arrested. Nazeer told the interrogators that he joined the organisation in 1996.

Hussein Musaliyar was the chief of the outfit in Kerala, and classes were held at the Mahatma Mandiram in Kannur. Khaleelul Bhukhari of Swalath Nagar, Malappuram, Darimi Ustad and Hussein Musaliyar conducted classes, organised under the pretext of some religious functions. Dr Subair, P T P Asharaf and Ibrahim Moulavi were the main functionaries of the outfit in Kannur. Moulavi, an accused in the Kashmir encounter case, is still at large. Nazeer said he attended the classes along with K P Sabir and his brother K P Shabeer. Sabir alias Ayub is also an accused in the Kashmir encounter case. The ‘persecution’ faced by Muslims in the country and the demolition of Babri Masjid were discussed at the meeting, Nazeer said.

Jam-Iyyathul Ishania had ties with a powerful Sunni organisation and its main functionaries were the disciples of a well-known Sunni leader in North Kerala.

The Sunni Tiger Force, another extremist outfit surfaced during the time, also had connection with Jam-Iyyathul Ishania. Chekannur Moulavi, whose interpretations of Islam were not accepted by many, was murdered in 1993.

Nazeer is involved in many attacks on persons who are perceived to be a ‘threat’ to Islam. Rahim Pookkatassery of Ernakulam was attacked by Nazeer’s gang as he was perceived to be mixing Islam with other religions.

The youth Vinod was murdered in Kannur for his ‘illicit’ relationship with a Muslim woman. Those who had attended Nazeer’s classes attested that he believed that it was his religious duty to destroy all those who come in the way of ‘Deen’.

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