“It is a centre run by one Nawaz ul-Hind who has connections with Kerala. He had studied at Darul Hadees at Dammaj in Yemen for 12 years before starting the centre at Nigombo in Sri Lanka,“ an intelligence officer told TOI.
Nawaz studied under Yasin Hajoori, the head of Darul Hadees in Dammaj, and he left Yemen after the centre was closed down following an attack by Houthi rebels.
His mother is from Thrissur and he used to conduct classes in some Salafi centres in north Kerala. His mother is from Thrissur and he used to conduct classes in some Salafi centres in north Kerala.
Intelligence agencies collected details of the Sri Lankan institute from aperson at Athikkad Salafi commune in Malappuram who had sent his son to the institute. They have also been told that Nawaz had ousted Hafeesudheen, one of the members of the gang that disappeared from Padne, from the institute after the latter tried to lure some students into the Islamic State (IS).
Other members of the Padne group, including Ashfaq and Rashid, and Ezza and his wife from Palakkad are also suspected to have gone to the Sri Lankan centre. Intelligence sources said the Athikkad Salafi commune would be under close scrutiny in the coming days as they suspected that some elements looking for recruitment into the IS had infiltrated into the Salafi group. (Colombo Gazette)