The Internal Security Investigation team (ISIT) will have a zonal office in Kozhikode for investigating terror-linked cases in north Kerala.

The ISIT, recently constituted by the State government following a series of cases involving fundamentalist outfits, will have its regional office attached to the Crime Branch-Crime Investigation Department.

It will be headed by Deputy Superintendent of Police Shaukath Ali, who was earlier part of a Joint Investigation Team (Anti-terror Cell) led by T.K. Vinodkumar.

He will be assisted by a Circle Inspector and several Sub-Inspectors. Additional Director-General of Police (Crimes) Vinson M. Paul will have administrative control of the ISIT regional office while ADGP (Intelligence) Siby Mathews will supervise the investigation of cases, a senior official said.

Parallel inquiry

The team will conduct a parallel inquiry into several unsolved cases, including the major blaze on Moideen Palli Road, adjacent to Sweet Meat Street here, in April 2007. Now intelligence agencies believe that even some murder cases in Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod have a terror angle.

The fire claimed eight lives, injured scores of people and destroyed property estimated at Rs.15 crore. The State government has ordered a further investigation in the case.

The ISIT will inquire into the severing of the brake pipes of a passenger train stationed at Nilambur last month. However, it will not investigate those cases that have been handed over to Central agencies, including the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

It will also probe the role, if any, of external agencies in the massacre of nine fishermen at the Marad village in 2003.

One of the main recommendations of Marad Judicial Inquiry Commission Thomas P. Joseph was an inquiry into the larger conspiracy of the involvement of fundamentalist outfits, foreign connection and source of funds.

The regional wing of the ISIT will look into several terror-related cases in Malabar, writes Biju Govind.