The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has sought help of Facebook to unravel the ‘cyber terror trail’ between several chat windows after it snooped on a chat in the social media site between arrested accused Anis Ansari and few other account holders to allegedly blow up an American school in Mumbai, claimed officials.
To begin with, the agency has asked Facebook to help with the details of the fictitious accounts which participated in the conversation.
The anti-terror agency, while seeking remand had told the court that Ansari was caught on suspicion of planning the attack on an American school in the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), following which security was stepped up at the school.
Ansari is a resident of Kurla and a software engineer with a multinational company in Andheri (East) was arrested from his residence on October 18.
Ansari has a regular account on Facebook under his real name and details, with the agency claiming that another account came alive which he started operating under a fake name, claimed officials.
This account, active for a year, allegedly also shows other groups as members with similar ‘jihadi’ views.
Investigators claim that Ansari had allegedly discussed and exchanged literature and online lectures of Islamic state of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) through this fake platform.
“We need to know the identities behind these fictitious accounts who are shown as ‘friends’ with Ansari’s fake account,” said an ATS officer.
“During interrogation, the arrested accused has revealed that he was inspired by talks given by ISIS leaders and had also applied for a passport,” claimed the ATS official. Ansari was arrested under relevant sections of the Information Technology (IT) Act and also under Indian Penal Code section 115 (Abatement of offence punishable with death or imprisonment for life – if offence not committed).
The ATS has seized two PCs, laptop and a mobile from him and have also found the objectionable videos and literature on his PCs and laptop.