“The Eagle of Kohrasun”: Why NIA scanning Telegram groups run by Assam man

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An FIR filed by NIA recently said that he was also trying to send youth to Kashmir and Khorasan province of Afghanistan
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Guwahati: Two Telegram groups namely “The Eagle of Kohrasun” and “Hinder-Eagle” run by one Akthar Hussain Lashkar, a resident of Assam’s Cachar district, have now attracted all attention of country’s top investigation agency the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Lashkar, working as a food delivery executive in Bangaluru, was arrested in July by Central Crime Branch of Bengaluru from a rented apartment in Tilaknagar. He was slapped with charges of radicalising local youths as well as conspiring to send them to Kashmir and Khorasan province of Afghanistan to undergo terrorist training.

A preliminary investigation by the NIA found Laskar’s links with banned terrorist outfit Al-Qaeda.

Laskar was found involved in radicalising local youth through social media and subsequently encouraging them to treason against India and inciting communal violence by projecting that Indian forces are committing atrocities on Muslims in Kashmir, said NIA sources.

“Via these two Telegram groups, he was circulating literature and other electronic formats of videos and pictures to provoke youths to wage war against India. A thorough scanning for the contacts in these groups was being carried out,” sources added.

An FIR filed by NIA recently said that he was also trying to send youth to Kashmir and Khorasan province of Afghanistan to undergo terrorist training and wage war against India and had links with Al-Qaeda and other entities and handlers from foreign countries for carrying out terror-related activities across India.

The NIA re-registered the case following an order issued from the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Investigator also found that Lashkar had tried to carry out disruptive activities in India.

“He is found to have links with entities and handlers from Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan for the terror-related activities too,” added sources.

“He was provoking youths to wage war against India by projecting that Indian forces have been committing atrocities on Muslims in Kashmir. He thereby conspired to create communal violence in India,” the FIR read.

NIA sources added that Lashkar was arrested while he was planning to leave for Kashmir from Bengaluru.

The premier investigation agency has been also in touch with Assam Police to find Laskar’s link with others arrested by the state police here for their alleged links to the Al Qaida in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and the Bangladesh-based terror outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT).

Over 35 people including one Bangladeshi national was arrested by Assam Police since last year for running sleeper cells for Al Qaida and indoctrinating local youths into Islamic fundamentalist ideology.

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