Saying terrorists have no religion, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Muslim community should not be blamed for the alleged links of some with the IS.
Extremist activities cannot be attributed to any particular religion alone, CM told the kerala legislative assembly.
“Vested interests are creating an anti-Muslim feeling,” Pinarayi cautioned. “This will not be allowed as a huge majority in our society is against such activities.
“It’s a very small segment which does this. To blame one particular community alone is not fair,” he said.
The Chief Minister spoke after three legislators raised media reports about several Keralites reportedly going missing to join the Islamic State.
“There has to be an overall awareness against terrorism and extremism and we need to take everyone into confidence.
“The state government will do its job and will work in tandem with the Centre to probe these reports,” he said.
According to CM’s statement , 21 people, including children, were missing and this included 17 from Kasargode district, in the northern tip of Kerala, and four from Palakkad district.
Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala said: “Overall Kerala is known to be a peaceful state. Even though we have no confirmation (that people are missing), it is disturbing and the need of the hour is to strengthen internal security and all of us would like to know the truth.”