Updated: Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 23:09 [IST]
Kalyan a small town in Maharashtra famous for the Kala Talao, Ganesh Ghat and Birla Mandir is in the news for all the wrong reasons. The indoctrination of four youth including Areef alias Areeb Majid is what is keeping this town in the news today. Kalyan which has withstood efforts by the Mughals from being evaded faces a unique problem today and that is pertaining to the recruitments by the ISIS.Majeed whose return has helped investigating agencies get a lot of details on the indoctrination into the ISIS will also be used as an example that the grass is not greener on the other side. He is being mocked heavily on social media today and there are messages galore that he went in search of heaven and ended up cleaning toilets because the radicals from India part of the Hind camp just did not have it in them to lift a gun and fight. How ISIS entered Kalyan in Mumbai? The Bhiwandi connect The NIA has been making a lot of inroads into the recruitment process by the ISIS. Majeed claims to have surfed 20000 websites before being self-indoctrinated. The NIA says that these are websites that are hosted by the ISIS and their affiliates and many of them even provide recruitment details apart from literature aimed at brain washing people. However for the NIA the most important link that they have stumbled upon is the local links in Bhiwandi also in Maharashtra. There were three persons with whom Majeed was in touch with and each of them provided information and also extended help so that they could reach Karabala a pilgrimage site in Iraq from where they were whisked away into the Hind camp near Mosul. The three men in Bhiwandi have been in operation since the past one year and the NIA says that these contacts who were also radicalized have been providing a safe passage for Indian recruits into the ISIS. The Bhiwandi contacts would in turn send them to Dongri in South Bombay where they were in touch with a travel agent who would prepare the travel documents for them. Ansar-ul-Tawhid The ISIS which has its India wing in the form of the Ansar-ul-Tawhid is headed by a former Indian Mujahideen man called Sultan Ahmed Armar. This person Armar who originally hails from Bhatkal is said to be based out of Saudi Arabia and has hosted many websites specific to Indians. Armar had joined hands with the ISIS and the Tehrik-e-Taliban to float the deadly Ansar-ul-Tawhid which is today is the counter group to the Al-Qaeda in the Sub Continent which has with it the SIMI and the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh. How ISIS entered Kalyan in Mumbai? According to Intelligence agencies the Ansar is taking it slow and is facing only on recruitments for the time being. Their larger agenda is the setting up of the Global Islamic Council which has India on the map. The real battle of the Ansar in this part of the world will be witnessed once the West leaves Afghanistan and they will be seen battling against the Pakistan led Al-Qaeda and Taliban.