Areeb Majeed , who left his home to join Islamic State six months ago, returned from West Asia on Friday and was being questioned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), officials said.
After Areeb's return to Mumbai, the families of the other three missing Kalyan youth- Fahad Shaikh, Saheem Tanki and Amaan Tandel who had gone along with Areeb to join IS - are expecting that their children too would follow suit. On Friday, many people gathered outside Areeb's house in Kalyan hoping to see the 22-year-old.
When HT visited Areeb’s home in Kalyan, his mother said that she had received the news of her son’s return from the NIA and was very happy with the development.
Parents’ of the other three youth claimed that the Indian government has played a vital role in bringing Areeb back to the country. They were hoping that the Centre will continue to help them bring their children back too.
Amaan Tandel’s father, Naeem Tandel said, “We are happy hearing this news. We now hope that the government will be able to get back our kids too. My child had a clean record before this incident happened, and has not harmed anyone.”
Dr Tanvir Shaikh, father of Fadad Shaikh, too was happy with Areeb’s return. “We have not received any calls from Fahad from last two months. If we receive any such call, we will contact NIA officials and ask them to help bring our kids back too.”
Shahim Tanki’s family was not available for comment but a relative, close to the family, said, “We are happy that Areeb is back and he will help the officials to trace the other three kids and also reveal the sources from they were brainwashed. The kids were innocent and the person who brainwashed should be booked and charged by the different agencies working on the case.”