The MLA’s claim comes a week after the state’s ATS arrested Nasir Bin Yafi Chaus (31), a Parbhani resident, for allegedly being in contact with the ISAt least 100 youths from Maharashtra’s Marathwada region are suspected to have joined the Islamic State, said a Shiv Sena MLA from the region. Rahul Patil, a first-time MLA from Parbhani, raised the issue during proceedings of the state legislative assembly, saying 100 youths from the region have gone missing.
“The government must probe the matter and act on it urgently to avoid any disaster,” said Patil. He did not substantiate his allegations. Since the issue was raised through a Point of Propriety, the government wasn’t required to respond to the query on the floor of the House.
The MLA’s claim comes a week after the state’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested Nasir Bin Yafi Chaus (31), a Parbhani resident, for being in contact allegedly with the Islamic State.
The ATS claimed that he was an IS sympathiser who had plans to flee to Syria to join the group.
The agency has also claimed that Chaus was trying to influence others through social media platforms.
The Shiv Sena politician also targeted the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen
(AIMIM) for holding demonstrations in Parbhani following Chaus’s arrest. “
They (AIMIM) should be de-recognised as a political outfit for coming out in support of those with terror links,” he said.
The AIMIM said the allegations were baseless and politically motivated. “We were the first in the country to oppose the activities of the Islamic State. The IS has no religion. It is a terror network. We have always opposed it,” said AIMIM’s Mumbai MLA, Waris Pathan.
On Patil’s allegation regarding demonstrations in Parbhani, Pathan said, “We merely offered legal support to Muslim youth since innocent youngsters have suffered in the past after being wrongly booked in terror crimes.”