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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