Monday, June 14, 2021

India unlikely to allow return of 4 Kerala women who joined Islamic State

They surrendered after their husbands had been killed and are lodged in an Afghan jail

The 4 Indian women lodged in an Afghanistan jail, who accompanied their husbands to be a part of the Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP), are unlikely to be allowed to return to the nation, a senior authorities official mentioned.

The women, all from Kerala, travelled to Nangarhar in Afghanistan within the years 2016-18. Their husbands had been killed in numerous assaults in Afghanistan. The women had been amongst 1000’s of Islamic State fighters


and associates who surrendered earlier than the Afghanistan authorities within the months of November and December 2019.


On April 27, Ahmad Zia Saraj, the pinnacle of the National Directorate of Security instructed reporters in Kabul that 408 members of the Islamic State from 13 international locations are lodged in Afghanistan prisons. This included 4 Indians, 16 Chinese, 299 Pakistanis, two Bangladeshis, two from the Maldives amongst others.

Mr. Saraj additionally mentioned the Afghanistan authorities has begun talks with the 13 international locations to deport the prisoners.

While Afghan officers in Delhi declined to remark, senior officers in Kabul indicated that they awaited phrase from India on what it proposes to do.

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A supply, nonetheless, mentioned there was no consensus amongst varied authorities companies on the return of the 4 women and it was unlikely that they’d be allowed to come again. The women, accompanied by their kids had been interviewed by Indian safety companies in Kabul in December 2019, a month after their give up.

In March 2020,, a strategic affairs web site revealed a video of the interrogation of the three women. The 4 women who appeared within the video had been recognized as Sonia Sebastian alias Ayisha, Raffeala, Merrin Jacob alias Mariyam and Nimisha alias Fathima Isa. A senior official added that there have been two different Indian women and a person who had surrendered to the authorities.

“One line of thought was to allow them to come back and become an approver in the cases here. However, their interview revealed that they are highly radicalised. The France model may be followed and the Afghanistan authorities can be requested to put them on trial there,” mentioned the official.


The Interpol has issued crimson notices towards the women on India’s request.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had filed a chargesheet in 2017 after a bunch of 21 males and women from Kerala, together with Sebastian, left India in 2016 in batches to be a part of the ISKP in Afghanistan. They crossed over to Afghanistan on foot from Iran.

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The NIA mentioned Sebastian, from Kasargod in Kerala left India on May 31, 2016 together with her husband, Abdul Rashid Abdulla from Mumbai airport. The company mentioned (*4*) Sebastian is an engineering graduate.

Merrin Jacob alias Mariyam was married to Bestin Vincent, a resident of Palakkad. Both escaped to Afghanistan in 2016 to reside within the IS managed territory. The couple transformed to Islam after their marriage and Vincent assumed the id of Yahya. Vincent was later killed in Afghanistan.

Vincent’s brother Bexon and his spouse, Nimisha alias Fathima, who additionally transformed to Islam had additionally escaped to Afghanistan with them.

Reffeala was married to Ijas Kallukettiya Purayil, 37, a doctor from Kasargod, who was seemingly one of the IS terrorists who stormed a jail in Eastern Afghanistan’s Jalalabad in August 2020. Around 30 individuals had been killed within the assault.

A June 1, United Nations Security Council report mentioned the ISKP “remains diminished from its zenith, following successive military setbacks that began in Jowzjan in summer 2018.”

“However, since June 2020, it has had an ambitious new leader, Shahab al-Muhajir and it remains active and dangerous” including that the territorial losses have affected the group’s capacity to recruit and generate new funding however it’s assessed to retain a core group of roughly 1,500 to 2,200 fighters in small areas of Kunar and Nangarhar Provinces.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) recorded 77 assaults claimed by ISKP through the first 4 months of 2021.

Mainly comprising defectors from Tehrik-i-Taliban (TTP), the Wilayat Khorasan of Islamic State in Afghanistan got here into existence in 2015. Senior authorities officers nonetheless preserve that ISKP is run by Pakistan’s Inter State Intelligence (ISI).

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