New Delhi: The Home Ministry has received Intelligence communication that Kerala-based jehadi groups have opened business outlets in UAE. These outlets are meant to provide employment to Indians with a criminal background staying put in Gulf countries to evade arrest back home. According to an exclusive Zee News report, dozens of such outlets have been opened in many parts of UAE. (Also read: Chidambaram Says Calling Rahul Jehadi-Maoist Sympathiser Absurd) Also Read - Amid COVID-19 Lockdown, Kerala Govt to Issue Liquor Passes For People With 'Withdrawal Symptoms'

The Intelligence report, accessed by Zee News, said jehadi business outlets had a team of volunteers targeting economically weaker sections of Indian expatriates in UAE, eventually motivating them to convert to Islam. Also Read - Back from The Brink of Death! 93-Year-Old Kerala Man Recovers From Coronavirus, Doctors Call it a 'Miracle'

It said these volunteers then persuade these converts to encourage their relatives to accept Islam and collect funds in the name of Islamic ‘Daawa’ activities. A Home Ministry official was quoted as saying, “We have input that one jehadi group of Kerala is collecting Rs 3 crore in Qatar for managing the court cases of Muslim groups who participated in various protests in India. Their members in Qatar are also sending money to Kerala through Hawala channels.” Also Read - Coronavirus Kerala: 'Used Soap And Water,' Say Kerala Officials After Video Emerges of People Being 'Disinfected'

A number of cases reported from Kerala in the past decade show that it has emerged as a hub for radicalization. According to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), around 54 people from Kerala have joined ISIS so far. “We are trying to ascertain how many jehadis with a criminal background or those convicted are hiding in UAE and also who are the leaders in Kerala linked to their network,” said another Home Ministry official. As per media reports, the Centre was mulling over a ban on Popular Front of India (PFI) for the alleged involvement of its members in murder cases.

Meanwhile, explaining the Centre’s “muscular policy” against terrorists, Union Minister Arun Jaitley had said, “To deal with a killer is also a law and order issue. It can’t wait (for) a political solution. A fidayeen is willing to die. He is also willing to kill. Should he be dealt with by offering Satyagraha before him? When he advances to kill, should the security forces that confront him, ask him to sit on a table and have a dialogue with them.”