Reports said security agencies have traced Eza, a 30-year-old Christian convert who went missing from Kasargod district along with his wife Nimisha and 18 others, to a location in Mumbai.
One of the 20-odd youths, who went missing from Kerala last month sparking widespread speculation that they might have left to join the Islamic State, has reportedly been picked up by agencies in Mumbai.
Reports said security agencies have traced Eza, a 30-year-old Christian convert who went missing from Palakkad district along with his wife Nimisha and 18 others, to a location in Mumbai.
Whereabouts about his wife, who her mother says is pregnant, or the rest of the missing persons, are not known.
Born Bexin Vincent, Eza married Hindu girl Nimisha from Thiruvananthapuram while she was studying at a dental college in Kasaragod.
Eza reportedly told his parents a month ago that his wife and he were going on a pilgrimage to Sri Lanka. There has been no contact from either of them since then, except for a message Nimisha sent to her mother on June 3.
“Mom’s sweet daughter going to bed, sweet kisses," this was the message she left on her mother Bindu Kumar's phone on June 3. Although Bindu tried calling Nimisha throughout the next day, her phone remained switched off. Worried, she contacted her daughter's in-laws, who also were equally helpless.
She came to know about the possibility of her daughter joining the Islamic State after parents of two missing youths approached authorities with two 'Whatapp' messages from the youths.
One of the messages read: “We have joined IS to fight US for attacking Muslims.”
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has directed the police to launch a probe into the matter.