According to intelligence sources the UAE security services came across two groups of people hailing from India, based in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, who were involved in sharing and discussing issues pertaining to IS on social media. They were also reportedly trying to establish online contact with IS leaders. The groups on watch, though dominated by Indians, included a couple of Pakistani and Bangladeshi nationals.
Given how seriously the UAE views any attempts by its residents to associate with terror outfits like IS, Indian authorities were worried about the fate of its 13 citizens. Fortunately, two of the detainees, both hailing from Malabar region of Kerala, were deported on Tuesday, ostensibly after being “cleared” by the UAE authorities. New Delhi, however, is awaiting the fate of the 11 Indians still in UAE’s custody. They have not being charged as yet.
The government is hoping that only minor charges will be pressed given that the detained Indians were only planning to visit Iraq/Syria but did not actually travel there.