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Indians who joined ISIS want to come back: MHA sources

Kalyan-BoyAt least 20 Indians, who joined Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, want to return to India, if sources in Ministry of Home Affairs are to be believed.

The sources in ministry said that the intercept suggested that Indians want to come back to the nation but ISIS militants are not allowing them.

A source said that most of the Indians belong to Maharashtra state.

In the second week of November, an Anti-Terror Squad official of Maharashtra had said that the head of a technical institute in Maharashtra’s Raigad district will again be interrogated for his suspected role in radicalising youths towards terror group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

“The principal of a technical institute in Panvel had been questioned earlier after he was suspected to have brainwashed a group of four young men, who disappeared from Kalyan and were believed to have joined the ISIS. We suspect that he might have propagated about ISIS among other youngsters too,” the official had said.

“Some teachers of the institute were also questioned before,” he had said.

“The principal has again been summoned and is expected to turn up before the investigators in a day or two,” he had said.

In May this year, four youths — Arif Majeed, Shaheen Tanki, Fahad Shaikh and Aman — from neighbouring Kalyan town had left India to visit holy places in the Middle East, but disappeared thereafter. They were suspected to have joined the ISIS. On August 26, Majeed was reportedly killed in bombing.

The ATS had questioned several people from Kalyan, Thane and Navi Mumbai for their suspected role in motivating and providing logistical support to the four men and facilitating the recruitment of others.

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