‘ Our kids are not in latest IS video’
The families of the two Kalyan youths, who have allegedly joined terror outfit Islamic State ( IS), claimed on Friday that the new video released by the group doesn’t feature their children. The IS video was released on Thursday.
Four Kalyan youths – Areeb Majid, Fahad Shaikh, Saheem Tanki and Aman Tandel – had left with 22 other pilgrims to visit shrines in Baghdad in May 2014, where they reportedly joined IS. Areeb Majid was soon brought back to India with the help of the National Investigation Agency ( NIA), while Saheem Tanki died there, according to the video. The two others are still there, and their families maintain that they have not heard from them in the last 8 months.
It is being suspected that the youths are playing a major role in recruitment of Indians for IS. In the new video, which mainly targets Indian audience, speakers threaten to take revenge for various incidents on violence in the country, including the Godhra carnage.
“We have seen the pictures and the video of a boat, with militants armed with Kalashnikovs. The speakers couldn’t be seen clearly as everyone had a beard and was wearing a turban, but they did not resemble our kids,” said Naeem Tandel, Aman’s father.
Iftikar Khan, Fahad Shaikh’s maternal uncle, said, “The picture is not of Fahad. We have not heard from them for the last 8 months. It will be sad if they actually get involved in such acts, but the pictures are not theirs.”
Meanwhile, highly placed sources in the ATS said, “We are verifying the claims in the video. It seems the two youths are playing a major role for the Indian militant division of IS. They left two years ago, and their appearance could have changed since then. But nothing is confirmed as of now.”