IS re­cruit from Ker­ala killed in Afghanistan

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Front Page - Ramesh Babu letters@hindustantimes.com

‘SA­JEER HAS BE­COME ‘SHA­HEED’ AND AL­LAH KNOWS THE BEST,’ THE MES­SAGE IN MALAY­ALAM RE­CEIVED BY AC­TIVIST BC REHMAN IN KER­ALA

A youth from Ker­ala who al­legedly joined the Is­lamic State was killed in Afghanistan, said a mes­sage re­ceived by an ac­tivist in Padanna in north Ker­ala on Mon­day. It was re­port­edly sent by another youth who was among the 21 dis­ap­peared from the state last June.

The mes­sage re­ceived by BC Rehman, an ac­tivist and au­thor, said 32-year-old Sa­jeer Man­galaserry got killed in an at­tack in Afghanistan. The mes­sage sent by Ash­faq Ma­jeed on Tele­gram App also car­ried his photo.

“Sa­jeer has be­come ‘sha­heed’ and Al­lah knows the best,” the mes­sage in Malay­alam read. If the in­for­ma­tion has to be be­lieved, he is the fourth to get killed in Afghanistan. Ear­lier, rel­a­tives re­ceived the in­for­ma­tion in sim­i­lar man­ner about the death of three oth­ers — Hafisud­ddn, Mur­sheed Muhamed and Bestin Vin­cent alias Yahya — all in 25-30 age group.

Ear­lier, there were re­ports that Sa­jeer was killed in the Mother of all Bombs at­tack car­ried out by US forces on April 13. It is not im­me­di­ately known whether he suc­cumbed to in­juries re­ceived in the US bomb­ing or got killed in a fresh of­fen­sive. From Na­tional In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy Kozhikode, Sa­jeer be­lieved to have drawn into Ji­hadi pol­i­tics when he was work­ing in the UAE. Son of a driver of the state pub­lic trans­port, he was a stu­dious dur­ing his school and col­lege days.

Most of the rel­a­tives of the miss­ing youth have dis­owned them for bring­ing dis­re­pute to the state and com­mu­nity. Ini­tially, some of them sent mes­sages through Tele­gram ask­ing them to come back but now they said they lost all hopes.

Last year, 21 peo­ple had gone miss­ing from the state send­ing shock­waves across the coun­try.

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