Three people part of a group who had left the country to join ISIS has been identified by the relatives and families in Kerala after they surrendered in Afghanistan.
According to the reports, 29-year-old Nimisha alias Fathima, her husband Bexin and their child have been identified by Nimisha’s mother Bindu Sampath. They were identified from the photographs provided by the NIA officials as part of the verification.
Speaking to the media, Bindu Sampath, mother of Nimisha said that the NIA officials shared photographs of the group which had surrendered. “Among them, I identified my daughter Nimisha (Fathima), her husband Bexin and their kid. I’ve also shared the photo with Bexin’s mother who had also confirmed their identity,” said Bindu Sampath.
However, she added that they have not received any official communication from the Centre.
Reportedly, Nimisha, a Dental student who hailed from Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram, had married a Christian youth named Bexin from Palakkad without informing her mother Bindu Sampath. Later, the couple had converted to Islam. Nimisha had informed Bindu that she was travelling to Sri Lanka for religious studies.
Reportedly, Nimisha was pregnant when she left India. Nimisha’s brother is a National Security Guard (NSG) commando. Nimisha, who got converted to Islam took the name Fathima, went to Syria with her husband and their child to join the Islamic State (IS) in 2016.
The family had earlier alleged that it was a case of love jihad as the girl was converted. “My children were religious and patriotic. My son wanted to be a military officer and daughter chose to be a dentist,” Nimisha’s brother Bindu had said.
Last week, more than 900 ISIS terrorists surrendered to Afghanistan authorities. Among them, there were at least 10 women and children, who are families of Indian terrorists. Most of these 10 women and children belong to Kerala. The terrorists had surrendered in the Eastern province of Nangarhar, where the Afghan national security forces are conducting operations against the ISIS.
Since 2016, several terrorists from Kerala have travelled to Afghanistan. Some had even converted to Islam to join the terror outfit. Many of them take their families along with them. The 10 women and children who have surrendered are believed to be the family members of ISIS terrorists from India who travelled to Afghanistan.