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Union Govt. blocks 14 messaging apps in Jammu & Kashmir for spreading terror

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New Delhi. Union Govt has blocked 14 messenger mobile applications in Jammu and Kashmir after receiving inputs from the intelligence agencies for their link with terror groups and for spreading terror.

In official communication to higher ups, the intelligence agencies informed that these apps are spreading terror propaganda in the valley.

As per reports, these mobile apps were used by terrorists in Kashmir valley to communicate with their supporters and Over Ground Workers (OGWs).

The apps include Crypviser, Enigma, Safeswiss, Wickrme, Mediafire, Briar, BChat, Nandbox, Conion, IMO, Element, Second Line, Zangi, and Threema among others.

“Agencies keep track of channels used by Overground workers (OGWs) and terrorists to communicate among themselves. While tracking down one of the communication, agencies found that the mobile application does not have representatives in India and it is difficult to track down activities happening on the app,” an official said.

With the help of this information, intelligence agencies operating in the valley made a list of apps that pose a threat to the region’s security and do not abide by Indian laws. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology was later requested to ban these mobile applications. These apps have been blocked under Section 69A of the IT Act, 2000.

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