Police have questioned the wife and children of a Navi Mumbai journalist who is said to have left the city after taking to the social media to announce he was ready to “surrender” his Indian passport and join the ranks of the Islamic State.
Zuber Ahmed Khan, who also called executed Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon a martyr, is believed to have travelled to Delhi. Police sources said they were trying to track him down and question him.
His Facebook posts are being scrutinised by the Maharashtra ATS, Navi Mumbai police and the Mumbai police crime branch.
A senior ATS official said Khan did not have a visa and it appeared unlikely that he would be able to leave the country.
In earlier social media posts, Khan claimed to be the editor-in-chief of a newspaper called Journalist for International Peace.
In his last Facebook post, Khan said he would be taking the Rajdhani Express to Delhi where he would arrive Tuesday (August 4).
He said he would visit the Iraq embassy and “submit my memorandum to Caliphate Bagdadi” with the “desire to join the Islamic State as a spokesperson for foreign affairs or a government journalist”, and “willingness to surrender my Indian passport”. He also said he would visit the Pakistan high commission to “expedite my visa request” that he would be in Delhi for five days.
On his blog, he wrote why he wanted to join the IS: “I am fighting for the rights of Muslims using my own money. I will be the voice of Muslims and place the true picture of Muslims before society… the IS does not betray those who help it on the basis of religion.”
Police sources said Khan, a post-graduate in public administration, holds a passport valid until September 17, 2017. The passport has his old address in Navi Mumbai’s Kalamboli area. From May 2011 to January 2013, Khan worked for a Thane hospital.