The Asian Age

ATS TO ACT ON LET­TER OF KIN OF IN­DIAN YOUTH IN ISIS

- AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Act­ing on a let­ter given to the po­lice by the par­ents of Arif Majeed, one of the four youths from Kalyan who “ap­pears” to have died fight­ing in Iraq, the state An­tiTer­ror­ism Squad ( ATS) is cracking down on those who al­legedly in­doc­tri­nated them and will be tak­ing “ap­pro­pri­ate” ac­tion, said a se­nior ATS of­fi­cial re­quest­ing anonymity. The four re­port­edly joined the in­sur­gent group Is­lamic State of Iraq and Syria ( ISIS).

Sources said a cleric and a small time busi­ness­man who runs a small re­li­gious guid­ance cen­tre are among those sus­pected of in­doc­tri­na­tion. In­ves­ti­ga­tions by the ATS re­vealed that both were in touch with the four youths be­fore they left for Iraq.

“The probe is in its nascent stage. About five of the sus­pects have been ques­tioned at length but no one has been de­tained. We are act­ing on a let­ter sub­mit­ted to the lo­cal po­lice in Kalyan where the par­ents of one of the youths com­plained that their child was in­doc­tri­nated and mis­led into join­ing the war in Iraq. The par­ents want the peo­ple be­hind the in­doc­tri­na­tion to be pun­ished for caus­ing them their child’s life. We shall take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion against their com­plaint,” said an ATS of­fi­cial re­quest­ing anonymity.

Majeed, along with Fa­had Tan­vir Sheikh, Aman Naim Tan­del and Sa­heen Fa­rooqi Tanki are from Bazar Peth in Kalyan.

They had left in May and haven’t re­turned yet.

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