Three weeks after receiving news about the death of Arif Majeed, one of the four youths from Kalyan alleged to have joined the ISIS in Iraq, another of the youths, Shaheen Tanki, called up his family on Friday telling them he and two others would be returning home soon.
The four youths – Arif Ijaz Majeed, Shaheen Tanki, Fahad Sheikh and Aman Naeem Tandel – had gone missing on May 24. It was later learnt that they had allegedly joined the ISIS.
The Tankis have informed the local police, ATS and other agencies investigating the disappearance of the youths about the latest call.
The local police have, however, refused to comment on the development.
Tanki had earlier called his brother on August 26 to inform him about Majeed’s death in an airstrike in Iraq. A day later, a webpage created by ISIS confirmed Majeed’s death and called him a martyr.
Tanki spoke to his mother on Friday, assuring her that he, Sheikh and Tandel were safe and would return to India very soon, a close friend of the family told HT.
The families have expressed relief and word spread in Kalyan that the three youths would soon be returning.
A close relative of Majeed said that he had sent a message to his father a week before he was struck down telling them not to be depressed or sad in the even that he was killed.
There were constant airstrikes at the place the four were living, the relative said. The relative said Majeed may have known that he would not survive the airstrikes.
The message had been sent to Ijaz, a doctor in Kalyan. The message was sent to the doctor as the mobile phone that the father of one of the youths had been using to contact him in Iraq belonged to the watchman of the building, who refused to allow the use of his phone once he learnt that the youths had joined ISIS.