Website hails Mumbai youth as ‘martyr’

It has published a picture of Aarif brandishing a weapon

August 29, 2014 11:39 am | Updated November 16, 2021 05:32 pm IST - MUMBAI:

A day after one of the four Muslim boys from Mumbai who is believed to have joined the jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and is alleged to have died in Iraq, a web page has surfaced hailing him as a martyr.

While intelligence agencies suspect this page to be fake, they are not discrediting it outright.

A web page created on shows a picture of Aarif wielding an AK 47 with Urdu text and the emblem of Al-Isabah over it.

Al-Isabah, in the past has claimed on its Twitter account to be the media unit of “Ansar ut Tawheed Fi Bilad Al Hind” (Supporters of Monotheism in the Land of India). It had posted videos of prominent jihadi leaders asking them to come forward to attack the Indian Government and its economic centers in order to protect the Muslims of India.

The text on the webpage is in Urdu and Hindi hailing the sacrifice of Aarif Majid alias Abu Ali Al Hindi R (Kalyan, Mumbai). It claims that he had participated in the taking over of the Mosul dam by Islamic militants and even married a Palestine woman.

The police are now trying to locate the IP address of the webpage. “While we are not discrediting the post completely, we are taking it with a pinch of salt. The boys have been calling their parents and none of them mentioned about Aarif’s marriage or that he was fighting in Mosul,” a senior officer from the Maharashtra police told The Hindu .

“We suspect that the webpage is created using a proxy server but we are in the process of tracing it,” he added.

Meanwhile, Aarif’s family maintained that Aarif has not joined ISIS.

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