Missing Kerala Christian youth in Iran: police

August 11, 2016 by  
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Patna, August 10, 2016: The police team probing the missing of Keralite youths, including the three Christians who converted to Islam, from Kasaragod and Palakkad has confirmed that some of them had reached Tehran, the capital of Iran.

In an affidavit submitted before the Ernakulam District and Sessions Court, the police submitted that Merin Jacob aka Mariam, who had gone missing with her husband Bestin Vincent aka Yahia, had departed to Tehran from Bengaluru airport on May 16 this year. Bestin had gone missing with his brother Bexan aka Easa and wife Nimisha aka Fathima.

The police now assume that many of the missing persons are currently in Tehran.

Of the 21 youths who have gone missing from the state, 17 were from Kasaragod and four from Palakkad. They include four women and three children. Their disappearance came to the fore last month after the families approached local officials.

The police also submitted that the name of Arshid Qureshi, arrested from Mumbai, had been mentioned in a message suspected to have been sent by Rashid Abdulla of Thrikkarippur to a relative.

Abdulla had gone missing with his wife Ayisha aka Soniya. The message had references about Islamic State (IS) and Qureshi. In the message, Qureshi’s name has been mentioned as Arshid Bhai.

As part of the investigation, the sleuths have recorded the statement of Abdulla’s brother under Section 164 of Cr.PC which also mentions about Qureshi and the IS.

The investigations so far also have revealed that Shihas, another person who had gone missing from Kasaragod, had received a phone call from Kashmir, though the sleuths are yet to verify details of the call.

Meanwhile, the court on Monday sent Qureshi and his associate Rizwan Khan to the custody of the investigating team for ten more days till August 18.

Earlier, the police were granted the custody of the duo for 14 days.

Qureshi and Khan, suspected to be IS sympathisers, are the first and third accused in the Merin missing case filed by her brother Ebin Abraham. Merin’s husband, Bestin, is the second accused.

Qureshi worked for the Islamic Research Foundation run by controversial preacher Zakir Naik.

– the hindu

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