New Delhi, July 16: Four youngsters from Mumbai have reportedly joined the (Islamic state in Iraq and Syria) ISIS militants to fight government forces in Iraq.
The youth who have joined ISIS, an Islamist jihadi group have been identified as Arif Fayyaz Majeed, Aman Naik Tandel, Shaheed Farooqui Tanki and Fahad Tanvir Sheikh and they all went missing since May 23.
Meanwhile, the Kalyan police is investigating the four separate missing complaints filed by their parents.
As a matter of huge concern, Maharashtra police are also investigating that more youth may have joined the Sunni militants group as 15 men are reportedly missing from Bhiwandi and Mumbra in Thane district.
As per report, all four missing youths are in their 20s and had left their homes saying that they are going for a pilgrimage in the holy city of Karbala in Iraq.
According to a Daily Bhaskar report, Arif Fayyaz Majeed had written a letter before leaving his home, "I am migrating to the land of Allah to wage jihad (war for Islam). May we all meet in heaven."
On Monday, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had sought a report from the Maharashtra government regarding the details of all four missing youth and what action has been takes so far.
There are also reports that 18 Indians have already joined the ISIS and most of them are reported to be South Indians and two of them are from Thane, Mahrashtra.
More than 6,000 Indian Shiashave also sought visa to Iraq, a report said.
Hundreds of Indian Muslim youth, mostly from poor and vulnerable backgrounds, are also believed to be lining up for visas at the embassies of some of the Gulf and Middle East nations with the aim of joining the 'jehad' in Iraq.
The volatile situation in Iraq and the Levant region is giving Indian security and intelligence officials plenty of sleepless nights because of the danger of a jehadi spillover to India as the "contagion" has the potential to spread through the Islamist arc from the MIddle East to China through Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.
As a result, India has stepped up security dialogues and intelligence exchanges with a range of countries, including Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Syria and South Africa, besides its regular strategic dialogue partners like the US, Britain, France and Germany.
The ‘import' of fighting manpower from India marks the first time Indian Muslim youth are being drawn into a global jihad with likely frightening repercussions for this country.