According to sources, the Centre has banned 14 mobile messaging applications that terror groups in Jammu and Kashmir were allegedly using to communicate with their supporters and Over Ground Workers (OGW) as well as receive instructions from Pakistan.
Crypviser, Enigma, Safeswiss, Wickrme, Mediafire, Briar, BChat, Nandbox, Conion, IMO, Element, Second Line, Zangi, and Threema are prohibited applications.
On the recommendation of security and intelligence agencies, action was taken. A list of applications that violate Indian law and pose a threat to national security was compiled, and the relevant ministry was notified of the request to ban them. According to Section 69A of the Information Technology Act of 2000, these applications have been blocked.
ANI reported that intelligence agencies notified higher-ups in official communications that these applications are disseminating terrorist propaganda in the Valley.
“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 told news agency ANI.
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