The engineering graduate from Hyderabad who joined extremist group Islamic State (IS) in February this year has died "while fighting in Syria," said intelligence sources on Tuesday quoting his family members.
Telangana Police are gathering more information on 27-year-old Mohd Haneef Waseem's alleged links with the group and how how he managed to go to Syria.
"We are collecting more information and the process in this regard is on," a top intelligence officer said.
"He (Haneef) completed (his) engineering degree from Hyderabad around four years back. He later went to London where he completed his masters course. In February this year, he left for Syria from London. He seems to have joined the Islamic State in Syria where he died," the officer told PTI.
"How he died we do not know... while fighting or in landmine blast or accidental death, we are not sure, but he died in March and the same was informed to his family members around 10 days back, who stay in Rajendra Nagar here (Hyderabad)," the officer said.
The family, native of Mancherial town at Adilabad district in Telangana and settled in Hyderabad for past few years, was informed about Haneef's death through an SMS in Arabic language, which they got translated, he said.
Asked about reports that Haneef had taken another youth of Karimnagar district along with him to Syria, the Intelligence officer said, "He was all alone."
It appears that he might have joined the IS after getting attracted to it through social media, he said.
To a question about the youth's body, he said, "It seems they (IS) themselves might have buried it."
Last year, Hyderabad Police had foiled "attempts" by six youths from the city, including two engineers and a former Google employee, to allegedly join IS' ranks after getting attracted to the terror group's propaganda on social networking sites.
Further, a 19-year-old woman from Hyderabad who was residing in Qatar and had flown to Turkey, allegedly wanted to join the IS but had come back to India in December last year after seeing the conditions there, police had earlier said.