Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told the State Assembly on Monday that 21 persons declared missing in the State are suspected to be in the camps of the Islamic State (IS) in Syria or Afghanistan, as per news reports. They include 17 persons from Kasargod and four from Palakkad.
Responding to a submission by Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala, Mr. Vijayan said the issue had come to light after P. Karunakaran, CPI(M) MP in Kasargod, and M. Rajagopal, its MLA in Thrikkaripur, petitioned the Government on behalf of the kin of the missing.
The Chief Minister said the State government would be uncompromising in its approach to terror, but observed that the State would not be able to tackle the issue on its own. But the State agencies would work in tandem with those of the Centre, he said.