Kalyan: “I am happy with my Jihadi work, I won't come back to India”, said Fahad Shaikh, who along with three other youths left from Kalyan near Mumbai to join Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
In the last one year since Shaikh left, he had no communication with his family however, according to sources familiar with the case, since last one month he is in constant touch with his family and friends through Skype and other VoIP platforms.
He also confirmed that Saheem Tanki, one of the youths who went with him, is dead. Reportedly, he had sent a photo of the location where Tanki died to his family members.
When NIA investigators managed to contact Shaikh on a phone number he had called from, he told that he won't return as his community was not treated well here.
He again claimed that he was happy with ‘Jihad' however refused to elaborate about what he was doing in Raqqa, Syria.
The four youths who joined ISIS were – Areeb Majeed, Fahad Shaikh, Aman Tandel and Shahim Tanki. All of them, educated and from well-established backgrounds, left for a pilgrimage to Baghdad in May 2014 and never looked back.
Out of them Areeb Majeed returned to India in November last year and is currently in Arthur Road jail.
As reported in Hindustan Times daily, Fahad Shaikh told his family members a week ago that he and Tandel are safe there while Tanki has died.
Except Tanki who was an HSC dropout, rest three were engineering students with well-to-do family backgrounds. Shaikh had a mechanical engineering degree from Kalsekar College in Panvel where Majeed and Tandel were students. Shaikh and Majeed's fathers are doctors while Tandel's father works in a reputed company in Mumbai and Tanki's dad is a businessman.