WhatsApp used to gather stone pelters, many admins abroad: NIA

Among WhatsApp groups under the scanner are the likes of “valley of tears”, “pulwama rebels”, “daftare surat auliyan sophiyan”, “FrEEdom FigHtErz”, “Tehreek E Azaadi123”, “Mugahideen-a-Islam”, “Al Jahad”, etc.

Written by Varinder Bhatia | New Delhi | Updated: September 5, 2017 8:53 am
Kashmir unrest, kashmir social media, kashmir whatsapp groups, nia kashmir, internet in kashmir, kashmir news, indian express news Kashmiri protesters (Source: Express Photo By Shuaib Masoodi/File)

Following a six-month probe into incidents of unrest in Kashmir, a team of National Investigation Agency (NIA) has identified 117 suspects who allegedly led stone-pelting groups of youths, using WhatsApp groups to spread instructions, according to information. Sources said investigators have identified 79 WhatsApp groups that are allegedly used to spread messages and gather crowds. Many of these groups have administrators based in Pakistan.

According to a source privy to details of the probe, 6,386 phone numbers were found part of these WhatsApp groups. Of them, around 1,000 were found active in Pakistan and Gulf nations. The remaining 5,386 numbers were found active in various parts of the Valley and neighbouring states.
The source said a team of undercover NIA officers infiltrated these groups, and besides intelligence inputs, investigators used technical surveillance, GPS and satellite imagery to zero in on suspects. The NIA is learnt to have prepared a detailed dossier of incidents — this includes pictures of suspects and other details such as their phone numbers, WhatsApp groups, social media account details, locations of stone-pelting incidents and locations of suspects’ homes marked on maps.

Among WhatsApp groups under the scanner are the likes of “valley of tears”, “pulwama rebels”, “daftare surat auliyan sophiyan”, “FrEEdom FigHtErz”, “Tehreek E Azaadi123”, “Mugahideen-a-Islam”, “Al Jahad”, etc. According to the source, the probe found that most stone-pelters operated in a 25-30-km radius of their homes. All 117 suspects are allegedly involved in at least three incidents. The probe has also identified four major sources of funding for “anti-national elements” across the Valley: barter trade at the border, admission of Kashmir residents on medical seats in Pakistan colleges as per a set quota of seats allocated to various separatist leaders, through pilgrims, and through hawala transactions.

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    Shafted mohammed
    Sep 5, 2017 at 3:36 pm
    Find out which rascal was calling the stone pelters and send those guys to car Nicobar.
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      Damodar Biswal
      Sep 5, 2017 at 3:23 pm
      Well done NIA.Keep it up till all terror related persons r brought to book.
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        Thrinethran
        Sep 5, 2017 at 2:57 pm
        NIA cleverly forgets the BJP IT sleeper cells operating right under the nose of so called agencies!
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          Damodar Biswal
          Sep 5, 2017 at 3:25 pm
          But they r not terrorists / terrorists sympathizers/ stone pelters.
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          KAPIL DEV
          Sep 5, 2017 at 1:39 pm
          india is only country which rewards enemy agents and s are prized ten lacks to the stone pelter who dare to kill and pelt stone on army jawans . in every day we hear news so many soliders are killed by terrorist . these terrorist are supported by pseudo deculars and proide them shelter and free passage to kill indians for some muslim fundamentalist molvi for their enblock votes to remain in power. tyhese human rights commission are appointed by congress asthey are against nationalist muslim and hindu. these humanrighist are silent when kashmiri pundits were killed and their houses burn and driven out from their native state it is proved that congress is not intersted in the welfare and progress . muslim . Muslim sisters spent life due to appea t to mulla molvi IN SHAHBANO CAS. THEY REVERSED THE JUDGMENT OF SUPREME COURT GIVING GUZARA BHATA TO TALAQ MUSLIM LADY . IT IS MDI AND YOGI WHO TOOK BOLD STEPT IN MUSLIM DAGHTERS CASE OPENLY MUSLIM SHOULD SUPPORT BJP , NDA ?
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            Kapil Dev Suri
            Sep 5, 2017 at 10:23 am
            Those who pel stone on military are prized by human right commission a bunch of taitors who shield pak agents , terroist that if they caught pelting stone onm military will be pried ten lacks as reward and killing jawans . government is formality sake appointing team to identify stone p-elters . they are our enemy and terrorist why they should not killed on the spot . our government can murder 40 SANGAT OF BABA RAHIM REMINDS INCIDENT OF JALIYA WALA BAGH . SHAME ON MILITARY AND GOVT WHO CAN PROTECT THEM SELVES AS MATTER OF ROUTINE EVERY DAY OUR SOLIERS ARE MURDERED BUT NOT PAK TERRORISTS WHO BURNT. WHO BURNHUNDRED SCHOOLS AND SET ABLAZE HUNDRED SCHOOLS AND GOVT YIELDS BEFORE THEM AND PRIZE THEM . under these circum staces our soliders wont expe ct if next morninf alive or not . gocy just pay formality to weap the maryr in national flage solute them that is all . they dont know the pain of deceased familes who have lost their husbend brother and childre who became orphan ?
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              Sep 5, 2017 at 10:00 am
              look how these katwaas are throwing stones on army. These katwaas living in India, eat Indian food and then throw stones on Indian people. This proves these katwaas are not only katwaas but katwaas bhawdaas.
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                NRI
                Sep 5, 2017 at 9:15 am
                What the is intelligence doing by disclosing details
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                  Mohammad Sayeed
                  Sep 5, 2017 at 9:37 am
                  Discouraging people from using their phones to organize these attacks. Now these fools will think twice before they message.
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                    Thrinethran
                    Sep 5, 2017 at 2:58 pm
                    Nothing stops freedom fight, you brahmin a s s o l e!
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