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NIA approaches US, others in ISIS case

National Investigation Agency

New Delhi: A probe into the activities of Areeb Majeed, an alleged recruit of the dreaded terror group ISIS, has led National Investigation Agency (NIA) to send requests to the US among other countries for cyber evidence.

The NIA has approached the authorities in the US, Canada and Australia for providing cyber evidence under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT), official sources said here.

Without taking on face value the statement made by Majeed before the sleuths, NIA has been consistently picking up holes in his version and standing by its position after gathering evidences from other countries. He had claimed that he was never engaged in terror activities during his stay with the ISIS.

The US, which has been very cooperative in cyber-terrorism related cases, has already given preliminary evidence of the Internet Protocol address used by Majeed before allegedly joining the outfit and the mails shot off by him which includes to a person in Madhya Pradesh, who is believed to have financed his travel abroad to be part of ISIS, the sources said.

The NIA, in order to further strengthen the case, is also planning to send Letters Rogatory (LR) to Iraq and Syria as the passport of Majeed, a 23-year-old youth from Mumbai’s Kalyan area, shows Iraq as his port of entry and Syria as port of exit, the sources said.

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