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Mumbra man claims his brother has joined ISIS and is now in Iraq

Tabrez, a native of Dapoli in Ratnagiri district, lived in Mumbra in a rented house with Tambe

mumbai Updated: Dec 10, 2016 00:34 IST
Manish K Pathak and Arvind Walmiki
Manish K Pathak and Arvind Walmiki
Hindustan Times
Mumbra man,ISIS,Iraq
Police outside Tabrez’s house in Mumbra(HT)

Saud Noor Mohammad Tambe, 26, a resident of Mumbra, on Wednesday approached the Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) claiming his brother, Tabrez, 28, has joined the ISIS. Tambe alleged his brother was indoctrinated by his friend, Ali, from Saudi Arabia. The ATS has booked Ali and Tabrez under sections 16, 18, 18B, 38 and 39 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

Tabrez, a native of Dapoli in Ratnagiri district, lived in Mumbra in a rented house with Tambe. After completing graduation, Tabrez did a diploma in cargo transport and cargo handling from the Mumbai university and had been working in Gulf countries for the past four to five years.

Tabrez met Ali while working in Riyadh, said ATS sources. They were in touch even when Tabrez came to Mumbra in 2015. Ali met Tabrez’s family, visited his home in Mumbra and stayed there for around two weeks, said ATS officials.

Tambe said Tabrez told the family this month that he had joined the ISIS and was now in Iraq. A team of ATS officials have gone to Tabrez’s native place and have seized the mobile phones of his family members. Police have also seized his laptop and computer. They are trying to make Ali’s sketch and find his nationality.

The neighbours of the Tambe brothers said the family maintained a low profile. Tabrez and Tambe hardly spoke to them, they said.

The ATS are now trying to get more details. Tambe told the police he was not aware of Ali’s full name and also did not know why Ali visited India.

Tabrez went to Egypt in January and later to Libya, but he stayed in touch with the family, according to Tambe. The family has alleged Ali looked like a foreign national, but the ATS is verifying the claims. “We will get information on Ali from the immigration department at the city airport,” said an official, requesting anonymity.

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First Published: Dec 10, 2016 00:33 IST