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Pregnant woman from Kerala suspected to have joined Islamic State

News Agencies | Updated on: 11 July 2016, 10:53 IST

The mother of a young woman who is among the 17 people from Kerala suspected to have joined terror group Islamic State, today met Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and sought help.

"Chief Minister told me that probe in the matter is progressing," said Bindu, the mother of 25-year-old Nimisha, who has been missing since May.

Bindu said her pregnant daughter visited her on 16 May along with her husband. Two days later, she received a call from Nimisha and she said that she was going to Sri Lanka for business.

"She did not reveal where she was calling from even though I asked her repeatedly. I tried to prevent her from proceeding, but failed," Bindu said.

Nimisha was a final-year dentistry student in Kasaragod when she got married to a Christian man in November 2015. The couple later converted to Islam, the mother said.

Bindu said her family did not know much about Nimisha's husband except that he was 32-year-old MBA graduate.

Five other families in Kasargod have also filed complaints about missing members and have sought an investigation.

"It cannot be said that all missing persons have joined ISIS," said Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala, also the Leader of Opposition in Kerala Assembly. "What I came to know is that the state and Centre agencies have started an investigation on the matter," he added.


First published: 11 July 2016, 10:53 IST