Kerala's Peace International School and at least 19 people in the state are under the scanner after a suspected woman recruit of Islamic State made some sensational claims during a police interrogation.
Last week, Yasmin Ahmad, a 28-year-old school teacher, was arrested at the Delhi airport, en route to Kabul, where she was to join her handler, Abdul Rashid.
According to media reports, Yasmin has revealed that at least 40 people were radicalised by Rashid, who reportedly runs terror operations for the IS from Afghanistan. Yasmin has claimed that Rashid held radicalisation sessions in Kasaragod in the guise of Quran classes. He allegedly used IS propaganda magazine Dabiq and other online materials to radicalise youth.
Based on Yasmin's information, police have launched an investigation into 19 persons, who allegedly attended the “terror classes”.
The new details have come in the backdrop of the terror investigation in connection with the 21 missing persons from the state. All the missing youths have suspected to have fled the country to join the IS.
Meanwhile, the Peace International School has also come under the scanner as most of the missing youths were connected to the school in various capacities.
Yasmin, meanwhile, was working as a teacher with the Peace International School in Malappuram, where she met Rashid. He was reportedly working as the public relations officer for the school then.
Rashid is the suspected mastermind behind the disappearance of the missing youths—17 from Kasaragod and four from Palakkad—in May and June.
Meanwhile, another 20-year-old youth has been reported missing under mysterious circumstances, triggering a police investigation. Abdullah, a native of Cheenapadi in Kasaragod, who went missing six months ago, is suspected to have joined the IS.