Amid reports of four youth from Kalyan joining ISIS jehadists fighting in Iraq and Syria, the city police chief Rakesh Maria has asked the Crime Branch and Anti-Terror Cells to be on alert and probe the trail of youths missing from their areas.
The circular, issued recently to all 93 police stations in the metropolis, asks the Crime Branch and ATCs to examine the profiles of young people in the vulnerable age group on the social networking websites and also their call data records to see if they had any links with terror groups, a police officer said speaking on condition of annymity.
Sunni militants of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have captured vast swathes in the two countries and established a Caliphate under Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The radical group has asked the youth from across the world to join their global jihad.
Four men in their 20s -- Arif Majeed, Sahim Tankhi, Fahad Sheikh and Aman Tandel -- from Kalyan in neighbouring Thane district, missing since May and were suspected to be fighting alongside ISIS jehadists in Iraq, though their families have denied it.
Thane Additional Commissioner of Police (East) Sharad Shelar refused to speak anything about the missing youth except that the "matter was under investigation".
The circular has reference to terror attacks at various places in the past, including Maharashtra, during the "festival season". It also spoke of instances of misuse of social media that caused disharmony, affecting the economy and resulting in loss of human life.