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No sign of remorse

Kalyan youth Arif Majeed doesn’t have any regret about joining the terror outfit ISIS.

No-sign-of-remorse-leadArif Majeed, a youth from Kalyan who had joined Islamic State terrorist group has returned to India yesterday. Majeed an engineering graduate who has been brought back from Turkey nonetheless has no regrets about his decision to join the dreaded terror group. According to Majeed, he had joined ISIS to serve the cause of Allah. Arif is being questioned by the National Investigation Agency and is likely to be arrested for joining the banned terror group. According to sources there are many other youth like Arif who are misguided by the ISIS via internet to join the terror outfit.

Majeed got indoctrinated through web based Jehadi literature. He had expressed desire to join Islamic State on their website. The NIA has been interrogating him for getting more leads about the dreaded terrorist outfit activities. Earlier this month, Majeed had called up family members and expressed his desire to return.

According to sources, Arif Majeed has bullet injuries and serious health problems.

His family friend Iftekhar Khan said, “Arif’s father Ejaz received a phone call from security agencies yesterday morning saying his son is in Mumbai.”

Even though the government has been maintaining that ISIS has no major impact on Indian Muslims, the fact that radicalisation and recruitment by the terror outfit figures as a key agenda point for the DGP/IGP meet on November 29 and 30, indicates that the government is keen to nip in the bud any attempts by it to radicalise Indian youth.

“Majeed realised his mistake before he could indulge in any terror-related activity, there is an even chance of them agreeing to hand him over to the Indian authorities,” said an officer.

Majeed’s return to India is seen by the intelligence officials as a positive sign to thwart other youth from joining ISIS and alert them about its consequences.

“It can be a major boost to our efforts at counter-radicalisation of young Muslims,” said an intelligence official.

Four youths from Kalyan viz Arif Majeed, Shaheen Tanki, Fahad Shaikh and Aman Tandel had left India to visit holy places in the Middle East, but disappeared thereafter. Sources said the government has information on three other youths who also want to come back from Iraq where they had gone to fight for the ISIS.

The country intelligence agencies have already warned about Islamic State recruiting youth for spreading terror activities.

“ISIS has the capacity of attracting young men and that is a concern for us,” said Lieutenant General Subrata Saha last month.

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