Al­la­habad youth gets ISIS ‘of­fer’ on What­sApp

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AL­LA­HABAD: An Al­la­habad youth on Satur­day filed a po­lice com­plaint after he al­legedly re­ceived What­sApp mes­sages from two US-based mo­bile num­bers of­fer­ing him $5000 per month “for pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion about In­dian in­tel­li­gence agen­cies to ter­ror­ist group Is­lamic State.

AL­LA­HABAD An Al­la­habad youth on Satur­day filed a po­lice com­plaint after he al­legedly re­ceived What­sApp mes­sages from two US-based mo­bile num­bers of­fer­ing him $5000 per month “for pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion about In­dian in­tel­li­gence agen­cies to ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion Is­lamic State (ISIS),” po­lice said.

The youth re­ceived the mes­sages from two sep­a­rate US num­bers: One re­port­edly from Mem­phis, Ten­nessee and the other from Starkville, Mis­sis­sippi, po­lice of­fi­cials said.

He ap­proached the po­lice after he was added to the two un­known What­sApp groups with a logo of ISIS.

The owner the mo­bile num­ber, who added the youth to the group, threat­ened him with dire con­se­quences if he did not fol­low his or­ders,” se­nior po­lice of­fi­cials.

The scared youth and his fam­ily ap­proached Dhu­man­ganj po­lice on Satur­day and lodged a com­plaint in this con­nec­tion.

SP City Bra­jesh Ku­mar Sri­vas­tava said an FIR has been lodged and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been handed over to the cy­ber­crime cell. “The is­sue is very se­ri­ous and a de­tailed in­ves­ti­ga­tion will be car­ried out if other

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THE YOUTH RE­CEIVED THE MES­SAGES FROM SEP­A­RATE US NUM­BERS: ONE RE­PORT­EDLY FROM MEM­PHIS, TEN­NESSEE AND THE OTHER FROM MIS­SIS­SIPPI

youths in the city have also re­ceived sim­i­lar of­fers from the ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion,” he said.

Se­nior sub in­spec­tor at Dhu­man­ganj po­lice sta­tion Shailesh Singh said the youth is a res­i­dent of Mun­dera area and ear­lier used to work and study in Mum­bai. He in­formed the po­lice that he was watch­ing an on­line movie on Fri­day af­ter­noon when he was added to an un­known What­sApp group. The youth was scared when he saw the logo of ISIS on the What­sApp group and left it im­me­di­ately, Singh said.

How­ever, the ad­min­is­tra­tor of the group re­peat­edly added him and sent a mes­sage in English or­der­ing the youth to work for ISIS and pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on In­dian agen­cies in re­turn of $5000 per month. The youth then switched off his mo­bile phone and in­formed his fam­ily. An­tiTer­ror­ist squad (ATS) of­fi­cials have been in­formed of the in­ci­dent and the youth has been asked to switch on his mo­bile for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions, Singh said.

Is­lamic State (IS), also known as the Is­lamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Daesh, has been suc­cess­ful in woo­ing In­dian youths in the past, es­pe­cially from south In­dian states. Two Ker­alites were ar­rested in 2015 and shortly af­ter­wards two more peo­ple were de­tained in Septem­ber 2015 for al­legedly hav­ing con­nec­tions with Is­lamic State. The ar­rest was made at Karipur In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Cali­cut.

Ear­lier, a Dubai-based In­dian woman, al­legedly re­cruit­ing youth for ISIS in Syria and Iraq, was also de­tained by Hy­der­abad po­lice in 2015 after Dubai au­thor­i­ties ex­tra­dited her. The woman was iden­ti­fied as Af­shan Jabeen alias Nicky Joseph who hails from Hy­der­abad and mi­grated to Abu Dhabi. Af­sha Jabeen was al­legedly re­cruit­ing youth on­line for Is­lamic State and prop­a­gat­ing ji­hadi lit­er­a­ture.

Union home min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh has ear­lier ex­pressed con­cern over the grow­ing in­flu­ence of ISIS and con­ceded that the ex­trem­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion was try­ing to ‘in­spire’ in­no­cent minds with in­tol­er­ance and vi­o­lence. “The ap­peal of ISIS to the young and ed­u­cated peo­ple, in spite of its me­dieval ide­ol­ogy, is a cause of con­cern to the global com­mu­nity,” Singh has said in the past.

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