The family of Shaheem Tanki, the Kalyan youth who allegedly joined the ISIS last year, is expecting him to make an appearance or at least call during his brother’s wedding scheduled for May 20. The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which has been investigating the case, is on alert.
Tanki, who used to call his family at least once a month, has not called even once in the past six months. Although there were reports that Tanki had been killed in Iraq, the family still hopes he will call, at least on his brother’s wedding day.
“In August, 2014, we heard t hat Majeed had died, but he returned home safely in November. So, we refuse to believe that Shaheem is dead,” said Tanki’s uncle. Shaheem is the youngest of three siblings.
In May 2014, four young men from Kalyan – Areeb Majeed, Fahad Shaikh, Aman Tandel and Shaheem Tanki – left home for Baghdad as part of a pilgrimage and then allegedly joined the ISIS. Majeed who returned in November last year, is in police custody.
Farzan Tanki, a businessman, had postponed his wedding for a year after Shaheem left for Iraq and the family had a harrowing time dealing with the police and the media.
“After Shaheem went to Iraq, the family was tense and arranging a wedding at the time was out of the question. Getting a bride too became difficult as the family was already under the NIA scanner,” said a close relative of the Tanki family. It was Farzan who got a call from Shaheem in August last year informing him about Majeed’s ‘death’.
“We will be alert during the wedding. If Tanki calls, it will be confirmed that he is alive,” said a police officer from NIA.