The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad has, over the last two days questioned seven to eight people in connection with the disappearance of four youths from Kalyan who were suspected to have joined the jihadists in Iraq. A few more people were likely to be questioned over the next two days, sources said.
Areeb Ejaz Majeed, Fahad Tanvir Sheikh, Saheem Farooq Tanki and Aman Naim Tandel went missing in May this year and were subsequently reported to have joined the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which now calls itself Islamic State (IS). On Tuesday last week, Saheem called his family and informed them that Areeb had died in Iraq.
“Most of those questioned were people who had interacted with the four men before they disappeared,” an ATS official said.
The four men had gone on a trip to Iraq, reportedly organised allegedly by the Islamic Guidance Centre, along with around 30 others. They disappeared on the day the group was to take a flight back to India. The Islamic Guidance Centre has denied having organised the trip.
An ATS officer said a businessman named Adil Dolare, who is a volunteer at the Islamic Guidance Centre and lives in the same locality as the four men, had been questioned. Mohsin Khan, president of the Islamic Guidance Centre, said, “Dolare was called for questioning and was later allowed to go. I too have been questioned by the ATS. We have nothing to hide.”
Dolare could not be reached for comment. ATS chief Himanshu Roy declined to comment.