Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has indicated that personal and social media accounts of certain outfits are under scanner for preaching ideologies of Islamic State (ISIS).


In a written reply, the chief minister informed the Assembly, on Monday, that the state police has been monitoring the social media accounts of those who were suspected to have joined IS from Kerala. 


"The government is strictly monitoring the activities of the individuals and the said outfits. All district police chiefs have been given strict directions in this regard," said Vijayan.


According to reports, 21 qualified people from affluent families in Kasaragod and Palakkad went missing in the month of May and June to join the ISIS. After receiving text messages from some of them, the police confirmed the purpose of their travel to the Middle East. The state police have made three arrests so far in this case.


Two employees of controversial preacher Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) and a woman from Bihar, who was detained at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi before she fled to Kabul, are currently in police custody.