The Maharashtra Anti-terrorism Squad (ATS) probing a 28-year old from Mumbra for reportedly joining the terror group ISIS, are also looking into the visit of a Pakistani national Ali, who had allegedly visited India and stayed here for 10-12 days along with the missing youngster.
As per sources, Mumbra man Tabrez Tambe, who used to work in the Middle East, came in contact with Ali and had come to the state with him. ATS is finding out if Ali had tried to radicalise anyone else in Mumbra and is also checking the places he visited in Thane and Mumbai.
Tambe’s family hails from Ratnagiri, but are currently staying in Mumbra. The ATS unit, which is probing the case is currently questioning Tambe’s mother and his relatives while questioning his friends too.
The squad is trying to verify if the main intention behind Ali’s visit was to try and establish an ISIS module in the state. The disappearance of Tambe came to light after his brother Saud Noor Mohammad Tambe approached ATS this week. The brothers are from Ratnagiri and were living in Mumbra.
Tambe became friends with Ali while working in Saudi Arabia. So far, ATS has found that Tambe went to school at the National High School and Junior College in Ratnagiri, before moving to Mumbai to study chemistry at the Mumbai University. He was good at academics, played volleyball and took part in science quizzes. He also volunteered for a charitable organisation and studied cargo services for his undergraduation.
Investigators said Tambe had always been employed at good firms. He started working in 2009, went on to join an airline as a cargo supervisor in 2010 and then moved to Iraq to work as a warehouse executive in 2011. In October 2012, Tambe moved to Dubai, where he worked as a logistics officer. Somewhere around December 2015, he moved to Saudi for a logistics officer profile. This is when he is said to have met Ali.
Saud told ATS officials that he and his family found out last month that Tabrez had left the country to join the ISIS.