“Jihadis in Assam are using ‘Encrypted Chatlines’, ‘Unknown’ Apps”: Investigation

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Several incriminating videos as well as documents were also retrieved from Mustafa’s phone, police claimed.
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Guwahati: A ‘highly encrypted’ communication system was found to be used by the members of Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), an Al-Qaeda affiliate in Indian subcontinent (AQIS), in the state.

Following the recent arrests of some 29 ABT members, an investigation revealed that the outfit members were communicating amongst themselves via some high encrypted chat links and using sophisticated cyber tools.

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “They are using some tools and applications which we have never heard of or totally unknown to them. Also they were found to be using secure and encrypted chat links to communicate amongst themselves.”

Police sources added that the revelation of using such applications and tools came to fore after they could retrieve the data of the mobile phone of Mustafa alias Mufti Mustafa, recently arrested for his links with Bangladesh-based terror outfit and Al Qaeda.

Sources added that when police held Mustafa last week, his wife tried to damage his mobile phone and smashed it. However, luckily police could retrieve the hard disk of the phone and checking the data stored inside.

Several incriminating videos as well as documents were also retrieved from Mustafa’s phone, police claimed.

On Thursday, chief minister also expressed his concern over the findings that some five ABT members from Bangladesh were still untraceable. Though police have claimed to identify four amongst them, one person was yet to be identified.

“Unless these five persons are captured, it’s unsure how many people they have indoctrinated into the Jihadi ideology. There may be more than five persons too. It’s a very serious matter that Al Qaida has a design to spread their tentacles in the region,” Sarma added.

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