New Delhi, Oct 3: The account from which messages relating to Areeb Majeed were being posted has been traced to the Ansar-ul-Tawhid. A handle@spamci17 had put out a series of tweets claiming that Areeb Majeed one of the four youth who had joined the ISIS, had returned to India only to carry out a suucide attack on a police station (ISIS propaganda: Majeed return to bomb police station in India).
The account has been taken down now following a series of tweets. Indian Intelligence Bureau officials say that the account was being handled by a member of the Ansar-ul-Tawhid or the erstwhile Indian Mujahideen. The IM members who have formed the AUT now recruit actively from India on behalf of the ISIS.
A desperate attempt:
The AUT was started a year ago by Sultan Armar. However with conflicting reports of his death being posted on the ISIS media, the outfit is said to be handled now by brother Shafi Armar, Intelligence Bureau officials tell OneIndia. There has been a lull in the recruitment process from India and hence messages on social media accounts are being posted to give a brighter side to the ISIS.
Following the return of Majeed he was questioned and he had broken down before the NIA. He had said that he was made to clean toilets and Indians are treated very badly in the Hind camps dedicated for Indians.
These confessions had conveyed a strong message to several youth who believed that the ISIS was paradise. Statistics would show that in the past six months not a single person from India has been roped into the ISIS. The ISIS nurtures a very strong sub-continental dream and for that to be achieved it would need cadres from India in large numbers.
The AUT runs a very strong social media platform on behalf of the ISIS. The AUT had been recognized even by ISIS boss, Abu Bakr al-Bhagdadi. In a video message, Bhagdadi had even termed Armar as the emir of the AUT. The AUT currently is a desperate lot and hence new messages of suggesting major attacks and how the Caliphate can be achieved are surfacing on the social media.
Keeping a close watch:
The account from which the Areeb Majeed messages were tweeted has now been taken down. Intelligence Agencies say that it is the same person who continues to tweet under different handles. He has tweeted similar material in the past as well and the account has been taken down. With the ISIS's social media team, it is always a catch and mouse game.
There are nearly 45,000 accounts sympathetic to the ISIS that are being run on the social media. Around 200 are related to India. These accounts disappear and then resurface. There is a need to constantly monitor these accounts. These accounts post propaganda material and also suggest routes and means on how to reach the ISIS camps, the officer also adds.