ISIS offers money to leak info on Indian Intelligence agencies
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An Allahabad-based youth filed an FIR alleging that he got WhatsApp texts from ISIS operatives offering him $5000-a-month in exchange for information on Indian intelligence agencies. UP ATS unit is probing the numbers that were used to send the messages on WhatsApp.
Uttar Pradesh (UP) police’s Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) unit is investigating an FIR filed by a youth in Allahabad alleging that he was contacted by Islamic State (IS) operatives asking for information in exchange for money, reported TOI. In the FIR, the youth alleged that he received texts from US-based numbers on WhatsApp asking him for information on intelligence agencies in exchange for $5,000-a-month.
The FIR was registered with Dhoomanganj police station under the IT Act on Friday. The youth moved to Allahabad for work after completing his studies in Mumbai. Superintendent of Police Brajesh Kumar Srivastava told TOI that UP Police’s ATS unit has started the investigation and local police are assisting them and some clarity is expected in a few days.
The police are also probing the numbers that were used to send the messages on WhatsApp. The youth told the police that he was added to a group bearing IS logo as the display image on the messaging app.
The barbaric terror group which is also known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has committed unspeakable acts of cruelty in Syria and has been instrumental in attracting Indians in the past especially from the southern states.
Earlier, the government banned al-Qaeda and ISIS off-shoots under an anti-terror law on June 19. “Both al-Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham-Khorasan (ISIS-K), an Afghanistan-based affiliate of ISIS, have been declared unlawful by the Union home ministry as they were found to be radicalising Indian youths for ‘global jihad’ and encouraging terror acts on Indian interests,” the order issued by Home ministry on June 19 said.