Ji­hadis use miss­ing Na­jeeb’s face to get re­cruits

A chan­nel on the pop­u­lar in­stant mes­sag­ing ap­pli­ca­tion, Telegram, has been shar­ing im­ages of Na­jeeb and his mother.

The Sunday Guardian - - Nation -

The case of Jawa­har­lal Nehru Univer­sity ( JNU) stu­dent Na­jeeb Ah­mad, who re­mains un­traced for over one year now, is be­ing used by ji­hadist pro­pa­gan­dists as a tool to in­sti­gate gullible minds to join them.

A chan­nel on the pop­u­lar in­stant mes­sag­ing ap­pli­ca­tion, Telegram, which has around 650 mem­bers and is de­fined as a chan­nel meant to “learn Is­lamic his- tory with the aim to ‘lib­er­ate’ oc­cu­pied Hin­dus­tan so that it be­comes a part of ‘ Shaam’ (caliphate)”, has been shar­ing im­ages of Na­jeeb and his mother Fa­tima Nafees, stat­ing that “Mus­lims are dis­ap­pear­ing from In­dia” and it was the time for them to “wake up”.

The im­age, which has the pic­ture of Na­jeeb and his mother Fa­tima, and has been shared mul­ti­ple times over a pe­riod, reads, “Fa­tima Nafees as­saulted and jailed by In­dian po­lice for protest­ing the dis­ap­pear­ance of her son Na­jeeb.”

A stu­dent of Biotech­nol­ogy at JNU, 28-year-old Ah­mad, who is from Bu­daun district, Ut­tar Pradesh, went miss­ing from his hos­tel on 15 Oc­to­ber last year, after re­port­edly be­ing in­volved in a fight with a group of stu­dents. Peo­ple who fol­low and track the cy­ber foot­prints of ji­hadi or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing those who have In­dian el­e­ments, say that the Telegram chan­nel is most likely be­ing op­er­ated from In­dia and even if one in­di­vid­ual fell to this pro­pa­ganda, the peo­ple be­hind this ne­far­i­ous de­sign will be more than happy.

“The ji­hadi re­cruiters have evolved and now they are not the bearded, skull wear­ing preach­ers any­more. They are more so­phis­ti­cated than what we think of them. Ex­ploit­ing sit­u­a­tions like the dis­ap­pear­ance of Na­jeeb, a Mus­lim youth, is some­thing that these peo­ple are adept at. This par­tic­u­lar chan­nel, as far as can be made out, is be­ing run from In­dia only, which is not a sur­prise if you con­sider that one of ISIS’ most fol­lowed Twit­ter pro­pa­ganda han­dle (Shami­wit­ness) was be­ing run from In­dia by an In­dian youth,” an in­de­pen­dent cy­ber ex­pert said.

The 650 plus fol­low­ers, who are a mem­ber of this par­tic­u­lar chan­nel, have also got wor­ried the coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials as even a mi­nus­cule num­ber of this 650, if they be­come radi- calised, will pose a prob­lem.

“Out of the 650, it is pru­dent to be­lieve that 90% of them have joined it be­cause of cu­rios­ity. How­ever, if even 10% of them get in­doc­tri­nated, it is a big num­ber and it is be­cause of these sit­u­a­tions that we use the method of pro­vid­ing coun­selling to those who we think are get­ting rad­i­calised, rather than straight away tak­ing ac­tion against them or wait for them to do some­thing,” an of­fi­cial with the se­cu­rity es­tab­lish­ment said.


Vice Pres­i­dent M. Venka­iah Naidu gives away gal­lantry awards on the oc­ca­sion of the 52nd Rais­ing Day cer­e­mony, in New Delhi on Fri­day.

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