Indian street on intelligence radar after it is renamed ‘Gaza’

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A street in India’s Kerala state has come under intelligence radar after it was recently renamed ‘Gaza’, a reference to the territorial dispute between Israel and Palestine.

According to a Times of India report, the agencies are looking at possible radical influence behind the naming.

The locality, in Kasaragod municipality, is close to Padane from where the majority of the 21 youths from Kerala are suspected to have joined ISIS terror outfit. They have apparently gone missing since 2016.

Confusion over inauguration

The report said that the road was named ‘Gaza’ last month and was inaugurated by Kasaragod district panchayat president AGC Basheer.

“I was not the person who was supposed to inaugurate the street as the area falls under the municipality’s jurisdiction. But I had to step in at the last moment,” Basheer was quoted as saying.

Though municipality funds were believed to have been used to concretize the street, municipal authorities claim they are clueless about the naming.

Municipal chairperson Beefathima Ibrahim said she does not have any knowledge about such a street under her jurisdiction.