The National Investigating Agency (NIA) which is probing the case of alleged ISIS ‘recruit’ Arif Majeed’s sudden disappearance and subsequent return to Mumbai, will now approach authorities of telecommunication application software Skype to track details of his accounts.“Arif had used many skype accounts to communicate and we want the details of the accounts to know about the persons he spoke with,” said an NIA official. Sources said that once the details of the accounts are shared then it will help the NIA to find out those persons with whom he was in touch. “The accounts will help us know about the persons with whom he was in touch before leaving for Iraq and during his stay there,” an official said adding that the agency will write to Skype Communications, Luxembourg in due course of time”, an official said. The probe agency sources also said that Arif, during interrogation has given details of at least 3-4 websites and forums which he regularly used before being highly ‘radicalised’. Also Read - Skype will now let users add up to 100 participants to join the chat simultaneously
The 23-year-old youth from neighbouring Kalyan landed in Mumbai on November 28 following which he was immediately detained by security agencies, and was later arrested. A case under sections of Unlawful Assembly Prevention Act (UAPA) and section 125 of IPC which deals with waging war against any Asiatic country which has friendly ties with India, was registered against ISIS, Arif and three other youngsters. According to police, four engineering students flew to Baghdad on May 23 as part of a group of 22 pilgrims to visit religious shrines in Iraq. Also Read - Skype desktop app gets noise cancellation feature: How to activate it during calls
The next day Arif had called his family from Baghdad and apologised for having left without informing them. Upon returning to India, other pilgrims had told police that Arif, Fahad, Aman and Shaheen had hired a taxi to Fallujah, a city west of Baghdad which had emerged as the epicentre of Iraq’s deadly insurgency. On August 26, Shaheen Tanki called up Arif’s family and told them that their son had become a ‘martyr’ claiming that the latter died fighting for ISIS in Syria. Also Read - Don't be like #Shweta: Here's how to mute audio on Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype
Accordingly the next day, Arif’s family performed ‘Janaza-e-gayabana’ (prayers for the departed soul in absence of the body) in Kalyan. Recently, Arif’s father Ejaz Majeed had reportedly met the NIA and told them his son had fled from the IS-controlled areas to Turkey after fighting for the militant group for nearly three months and wants to return to India.