National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing activities of Areeb Majeed, a civil-engineering student from Thane who joined the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq before returning home in November last year, has approached a US firm that provides free calling and video chatting services to preserve data pertaining to Majeed.
In a reply to NIA’s earlier request in this regard, the firm had replied that a court-issued request would be necessary. The agency subsequently approached a Mumbai court and secured the request, which was then sent to the firm through official channels.
The NIA believes the data could provide evidence of Majeed’s communication with his family while he was fighting in Iraq and Syria.
The agency, similarly, has set the ball rolling on getting Letters Rogatory issued for Luxembourg, the headquarters of Skype, for information on video chats Majeed had with his family in Thane while he was abroad.
The NIA has already sent requests under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) to authorities in the US, Canada and Australia to gather online evidence against him.
Sources from the agency said that in an attempt to prove how Majeed was recommended and recruited into IS, they were collecting evidence related to chats and emails exchanged by him and allegedly incriminating content on Facebook, and the related servers were located in these countries. Some preliminary information from authorities in these countries have already been shared with the NIA on emergency disclosure requests sent by the agency.