Aman Tandel, one of the four youth from Kalyan who went to Iraq in May 2014 to reportedly join the Islamic State (IS), may have been killed in an air strike.
The Tandel family received a call from an unidentified caller on Saturday night, telling them that Aman was “martyred”.
“We were having dinner when we got a call on our landline. The caller said Aman was martyred in an air strike. Aman’s father Naeem answered the call but when he asked who the caller was, he hung up,” said Aman’s uncle.
The family has not informed the police yet.
“The call came at around 11.20pm and the caller barely spoke for 30 seconds. Naeem tried to get more details but the caller hung up. It seemed to be an international call and we will approach the police and inform them,” said Aman’s uncle, adding that they will wait for a confirmation about his death from the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
Of the four youth — Areeb Majeed, Fahad Shaikh, Aman Tandel and Shaheen Tanki — who left home to join the IS, Majeed was brought back in November 2014. He is in NIA custody.
Tanki’s family received a call in January last year, informing them about his death. But there has been no confirmation yet. “We were saddened by the news but only time will give us the real picture,” said Aman’s uncle, who is also related to Tanki.
B Kadam, senior police inspector from the anti-terrorism squad (Thane), said: “We have not got any information. His family members have not told us anything about the call. We will trace the call and investigate if necessary.”
Earlier this year, an IS video surfaced that purportedly showed Aman and others threatening to avenge the “killings of Muslims in Kashmir, Gujarat and Muzaffarnagar”.
(With agency inputs)