According to ATS sources, investigations have revealed that not every information provided by his family was true.
Mumbai: Contrary to Tabrez Tambe’s family’s claims of being unaware of Tabrez’s movements, police investigation into the case has revealed email communication between Tabrez and his family. It has been found that the family had exchanged suspicious emails with Tabrez before approaching the police in December to file a missing complaint. After Tabrez went missing, his brother, Saud Tambe had approached the police stating that Tabrez had called him from Libya and was in custody there.
According to ATS sources, investigations have revealed that not every information provided by his family was true. Officials informed that the family had said that only after hearing from him from Libya did they realise that Tabrez had went missing. Sources said, “We are going to interrogate the family once again. These emails can go against Tabrez’s family. We will soon question his family members.” No response was received from Saud Tambe to The Asian Age’s calls.
The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has booked Tabrez under certain sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) after it found that he allegedly joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). He was allegedly in touch with his family members, especially his brother Saud. Tabrez even said to Saud that he is “safe in Libya and fulfilling the almighty’s wishes”. According to conversations with Saud, Tabrez had said that he was “working for the almighty”. The 28-year-old cargo handler had left his house in September on the pretext of getting work in Egypt but had then told his brother that he had joined ISIS.
The ATS, which is awaiting reply from the union government to contact counterparts in Libya, said that the Centre is trying to connect with each of the three Libyan governments and will also contact the three main militias in Libya to trace Tabrez. Since the fall of the Muammar Gaddafi-led regime in 2011, the country is experiencing a civil war war between two parliaments, militias and the ISIS.