One of the four young men from Kalyan, who left in the last week of May to join the ISIS, stole Rs37,000 from his mother, investigation by the anti-terrorism squad (ATS) has revealed.
A second would constantly talk to his friends about leaving the state, but was never taken seriously, officials said.
For more than three months now, ever since a missing complaint was filed at the Bazarpeth police, various agencies, including the ATS, the local police, the Investigation Bureau and the National Investigation Agency, have been speaking to the parents and friends of the four young men who left Kalyan as part of a group of pilgrims to Iraq, but later joined the extremist group.
Arif Ijaz Majeed, Shaheen Tanki, Fahad Sheikh and Aman Naeem Tandel went missing on May 24. Majeed’s family was told on August 26 that he had been killed in an air strike in Iraq. A day later, a webpage created by ISIS confirmed his death and called him a martyr.
“One of the four men’s mother told us during our investigation that after her son left, she found Rs37,000 missing from her purse. A friend of another of the four men told us the youth was constantly talking about leaving, but they never took him seriously” said a source from the ATS.
The investigation has also revealed that one of the four men was seeing a psychiatrist, as his parents noticed a change in his behaviour.
An official said one of the parents noticed that the youth was behaving strangely and had consulted a psychiatrist. “They were aware of their child’s changing behaviour, but they did not know enough. Otherwise, they could have taken steps to stop him,” the official said, requesting anonymity.
According to a source, the father of one of the four would use the phone of his watchmen to get in touch with his son after he left for Iraq.
However, after the watchmen heard about the four joining the ISIS, they refused to let him use their phone.
Ever since their disappearance, parents in Kalyan have been wary of their children getting influenced by social media, which they suspect could have inspired the four men.