Three Bodo extremists held from Kerala

Written by T Satisan

Acting on a tip-off by the Assam Police and Central Intelligence, the Kerala Police detained three Bodo extremists from Mannur in Ernakulam district. They are B. Mehar (25), Preetam Basumatari (24) and B. Dalnaj (25). They hail from Kokrajhar district, Assam.
The police said they belonged to the National Democratic Front of Bodoland, a banned outfit, and had played a role in a terrorist activity in 2007. Besides, they are also accused in several other cases and were booked under UAPA and Arms Act. The police said the extremists were looking for a safe haven. They belong to a 30-member team. They had already visited Kerala three months ago. Initially they were putting up in Perumbavoor but moved to safer Mannur. They will be handed over to the Assam Police when they come here on December 6.
Kerala has emerged as a safe location for extremist organisations, thanks to the lackadaisical attitude of the government. It has been recruiting hub for organisations like Islamic State. Unconfirmed reports suggest about 400 youths organisations waging jihad in foreign countries such as Syria and Afghanistan.

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T Satisan

The author is a Kochi-based senior journalist.

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