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NIA unravels online activities of top LeT men

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has found the trail of online activities by two top leaders of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) who were involved in the >Udhampur attack on a BSF convoy. The logs show that there was enhanced chatter on their secure chat group just days before the attack by two newly recruited LeT militants, Mohammad Naved and Noman.

The investigators said the LeT militants were using “private servers” to communicate with each other and were active on the social networking sites under “assumed names.”

The NIA is all set to file a charge sheet in the case in the coming days. The BSF convoy was attacked on August 5, which led to the death of two personnel.

The two LeT commanders, Abu Dujana and Abdul Rehman alias Qasim, are from Pakistan and are wanted by the Jammu and Kashmir police in several other cases too.

The NIA has declared a reward of Rs 8 lakh for Dujana’s arrest and Rs10 lakh for Qasim. Both, according to the NIA, masterminded the Udhampur attack.

Officials said this was the first time that they had got a clue about the online activity by LeT militants in the Valley and they suspected that the server being used by them was located in Pakistan. “It is a new phenomenon and these private servers are used by 15-20 people at a time. We suspect that the server is in Pakistan. It is difficult to get details of all of their online activity, but we are trying,” said a senior NIA official.

The online activities of the two militants assume significance as it could give the investigators a trove of information about others who are in contact with the LeT leadership in the Valley.

“They seldom use traditional communication tools for the fear of being intercepted. Their online activity can give us an insight into how they lure the youth in the Valley,” said the official.


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