Iraq: Keep trail of youth gone missing, Mumbai Police chief tells his men

The repercussions of ISIL’s call have been felt in Thane district.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: July 15, 2014 10:59 am
The police, meanwhile, are probing the missing complaints lodged by the families of Arif Majeed, Sahim Tankhi, Fahad Sheikh and Aman Tandel. (Express photo: Deepak Joshi) The police, meanwhile, are probing the missing complaints lodged by the families of Arif Majeed, Sahim Tankhi, Fahad Sheikh and Aman Tandel. (Express photo: Deepak Joshi)

In the wake of a call by Sunni insurgents of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) for Muslims across the globe to support their holy war, Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria has issued a circular asking Anti-Terror Cells (ATCs) of all police stations in Mumbai to remain alert and active in their respective jurisdictions. The circular has asked ATCs to probe the trail of youth having gone missing from areas under their jurisdiction, and check for any links to terrorist organisations.

The repercussions of ISIL’s call have been felt in Thane district. The Indian Express reported Monday that four young men in their 20s from Kalyan, who went missing in May this year, are believed to have joined the fight in Iraq.

The circular, accessed by The Indian Express, was sent by Maria to all 93 police stations in the city on July 1 this year, and is addressed to ATCs, which are responsible for gathering information on terrorist activities. The ATCs were established in September 2012 comprising a Senior Police Inspector and four constables.

“ATCs should look at missing children in their jurisdictions, as these children are in a vulnerable age group and can easily be influenced to get into terrorist outfits. Call Data Records and social media profiles of such children should also be examined to trace any possible links with terror outfits,” the circular states.

The police, meanwhile, are probing the missing complaints lodged by the families of Arif Majeed, Sahim Tankhi, Fahad Sheikh and Aman Tandel. “The boys went missing from May 24 to May 27, and all of them used to stay in the Dudh Naka-Govind Wadi area in the jurisdiction of the Bazarpeth police station. We have filed missing persons complaints for the four boys and are conducting further inquiries,” said Additional Commissioner of Police Sharad Shelar, East region, Thane police. The Mumbai CP’s circular touches on the fact that the month of Ramzan is currently underway, and stresses that there have been 17 attacks in the country during this month in the past, four of them being in Maharashtra.

It also states that there has been repeated misuse of social media with the intention to create disharmony in recent times, affecting the economy and resulting in loss of human life.

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First Published on: July 15, 2014 1:02 am
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    truth_i_speak
    Jul 17, 2014 at 2:01 pm
    a Mosque which was not even functional was too valuable mention than Lakhs of other Shrines buried to rise mosques over it? Hippocratic secularism is hidden and dark communalism.
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      Sudhir
      Jul 15, 2014 at 11:00 am
      why waste money tracking terrorist. Instate protect women in India.
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        S.Gonesh
        Jul 15, 2014 at 8:59 am
        Declare these men and their families as non Indians.Don´t wasre too much time behind these criminals.
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          Bharat
          Jul 15, 2014 at 10:47 am
          Hatred cultivated among communities is seen in all parts of world. The hatred is seen when people are mobilized to demolish a Mosque, People are mobilized to kill people of different faiths. All is nonsense. Love everyone and have disciplined life otherwise the purpose of all religion is defeated.
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            Citizen
            Jul 15, 2014 at 1:38 pm
            A preemptive suggestion should be welcomed by all progressive looking people. Jaihind
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              Nallavan Virumandi
              Jul 15, 2014 at 8:45 am
              When some young guys are having a psychotic issues and get attracted to "terrorism" in the hope of attaining "jannath" after death, it is this nation which has to bear the responsibility of bringing them back on track! Who will pay for this? I am sure all secularists will be mum now. Where were this youth when India was attacked bY stan 3 times (officially) and 26/11 & innumerable times in the form of blasts...?
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