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NIA seeks US help in Islamic State case

india Updated: Jan 05, 2015 03:54 IST
NIA. Areeb Majeed

A probe into the activities of Areeb Majeed, an alleged recruit of the dreaded terror group ISIS, has led National Investigation Agency (NIA) to send requests to the US among other countries for cyber evidence.

The NIA has approached the authorities in the US, Canada and Australia for providing cyber evidence under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT), official sources said here.

Without taking on face value the statement made by Majeed before the sleuths, NIA has been consistently picking holes in his version and standing by its position after gathering evidence from other countries. Majeed claimed that he was never engaged in terror activities during his stay with the IS.

The US, which has been very cooperative in cyber-terrorism related cases, has already given preliminary evidence of the IP address used by Majeed before allegedly joining the outfit and the mails shot off by him which includes to a person in Madhya Pradesh, who is believed to have financed his travel abroad to be part of ISIS, the sources said.

The NIA is also planning to send Letters Rogatory (LR) to Iraq and Syria as the passport of Majeed, a 23-year-old youth from Mumbai’s Kalyan area, shows Iraq as his port of entry and Syria as port of exit, sources said.

The provincial governments of both the countries are soon expected to honour the LRs after it was sent from diplomatic channels, the sources said.

It was found by the NIA that Majeed had received some monetary transactions from Kuwait and the agency was preparing to send a MLAT to that country seeking information about the person who had transferred money into the account, they said.

Majeed was arrested by the NIA in November last year upon his return from Iraq and booked under Sections 16, 18 and 20 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and Section 125 of the IPC.