Guwahati: For the first time, the use of ‘dark web’ by the modules of Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), an Al-Qaeda affiliate in Indian subcontinent (AQIS), operating in Assam has come to fore.
The ongoing investigation in the Jihadi terror modules in the state has found that most of these ‘sleeper cells’ of ABT were using the ‘dark web’ for establishing communication amongst them.
What came as a surprise that one woman identified as Johura Khatun, a class VIII pass out, of Bilasipara in Dhubri district was running the cyber cell for the ABTs. She was recently held by Dhubri police in connection to the case.
Dhubri superintendent of police, Abhijit Gurav, said, “These modules were using peer to peer communication mode for interaction. The apps they found to be using were not available on any App store or Google play store but on dark web.”
The top cop added that the suspected ABT modules were also using VPN and ‘IP masking’ tools to encrypt their communication.
“It seems that even they were trained in zeroing any possible trace of their online activities. However, we have managed to collect evidence,” he added.
Khatun was the wife of one of the five ‘absconding’ Bangaldeshi nationals who were working as key agents of ABT.
Earlier, chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that unless these five persons were nabbed, the state police have been on a constant manhunt.
Some 29 ABT leaders/cadres have been arrested so far in the state.
Sarma sharing his concern on the development said that the north eastern state was becoming a hotbed for Islamic fundamentalists after police found links of 11 people arrested last week, including one who was running a Madrasa, which acted as one of the prime hub for ABT.