Kerala government soft on terror, says Ravi Shankar Prasad


The case is under consideration of the Apex Court now, which had ordered the NIA investigation into it.

Kochi: Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday accused the CPI (M)-led LDF government in Kerala of being "very soft on terrorism and its patrons" and said he has evidence to show that. The attack was described as retaliation for a "blasphemous" question he had put to his students in a college. Both specifically told that they were not coerced, ' the officer said.

The Supreme Court had earlier asked the investigation agency to probe "love jihad" case in Kerala following a petition by a Kerala-based Muslim man whose marriage with a Hindu woman last December was annulled by the Kerala High Court. The cases involve marriages of men and women of three faiths - Hindu, Christian and Islam. "The conversion can not take place through luring".

'We spoke to two Athiras and both have said that they were lured in.

Athira Nambiar alias Ayesha from Kasargod and Athira from Palakad have both told NIA that they were lured, but there is no clarity as to how it was done. She said that she had been influenced by Zakir Naik videos and after observing her Muslim friends, she converted to Islam. In both these cases NIA suspects the role of Popular Front of India (PFI) and Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI).

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Shafeen Jahan married Akhila Ashokan in December a year ago after she converted to Islam and rechristened herself as Hadiya.

In fact, the top court had also question the Kerala High Court how it could annul the marriage of Hadiya and Shafeen Jahan under Article 26.

While Hadiya's case may have propelled other cases of alleged "Love Jihad", NIA's own investigation revealed that conversion of four non-Muslims took place in 2014 who later joined a group of 20 traveling to Afghanistan to join ISIS.

The police has till so far furnished a list of 90 such conversions wherein "gullible" girls were allegedly converted to Islam and in most of the cases there was a pattern that points towards inducements and psychological brainwashing by certain radical groups, sources said. The NIA is likely to await directions from the court as the case involves conversion for the objective of terror.