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Parbhani ISIS module: Suspects used 12 email IDs, apps to chat with handlers

mumbai Updated: Oct 24, 2016 00:26 IST
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Maharashtra’s anti-terrorism squad, in its charge sheet against members of the alleged ISIS Parbhani module, has said that they were in touch with foreign handlers using 12 email IDs, apart from various social media and messaging applications.

ATS investigators said Naseer Bin alias Chaus was in touch with a certain Farooq from Syria, and that Farooq sent him various links with information on making bombs. Using this, the module’s members managed to put together a low-intensity explosive, the charge sheet states. After making the bomb, the suspects made a video and sent it to their handler, according to the ATS.

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“The suspect also created multiple IDs for various chat rooms apart from email IDs,” a source in the ATS said. According to the charge sheet, the accused communicated with their handlers using the massaging app Telegram and were members of 33 groups, including one that had 1,500 members. The ISIS handlers and the suspects also used Skype, Pidgin, Trillian and Paltalk to communicate, ATS officials said.

Most of the seized materials have been sent to a forensic laboratory. The ATS also found 7,941 conversations in Urdu and Arabic and other documents on Naseer’s hard disk.

Chaus, a civil contractor and hotelier, was the first to be arrested. His arrest led to that of Shahid Khan, 24, an ITI dropout, on July 24 and that of Iqbal Ahmed Kabir Ahmed, 28, who worked in a mobile phone shop, on August 7. The fourth accused, Raisuddin Siddique, 37, a teacher from Hingoli, was arrested on August 8. Siddique was allegedly the commander in the module. ATS has filed a case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

First Published: Oct 24, 2016 00:00 IST