Another Kashmiri youth in Punjab also arrested, duo said to be part of ‘Team Hackers Third Eye’
Anantnag: A Kashmiri youth studying Computer Applications at a Jalandhar college was abducted early Friday morning by gunmen in plainclothes, who later turned out to be sleuths of Delhi Police’s Cyber Cell, from his rented accommodation while six of his roommates were held at gunpoint.
The youth has been identified as 23-year-old Adil Yousuf Teeli, son of Muhammad Yousuf, resident of Nanmani Yaripora in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
All through the day the police in Kashmir and Adil’s family had no information about why he had been picked up. Late in the evening, the Delhi Police issued a statement that they had arrested two “pro-Pak” Kashmiri hackers, Adil Teeli being one of them.
The Dehi Police accused the arrested duo of being a part of an “anti-national” hacking group called “Team Hackers Third Eye”.
“The group claims to have hacked 500 Indian websites so far,” the Delhi Police’s statement read.
The Delhi Police also alleged that the two Kashmiri hackers had been in touch with several Pak-based anti-India hackers. “Some of them are believed to be backed by Pak Intelligence agencies,” the Delhi Police said.
The press release identified the other Kashmiri hacker as 28-year-old Shahid Malla, son of Ghulam Ahmad Malla, a BTech second-year student at Aryan Group of College in Rajpora, Punjab.
“He is permanent resident of Watergam, Rafiabad, in Baramulla district, J&K, and was staying in a rented accommodation in Sheetal Colony, Rajpura, Punjab,” the statement read.
The duo, as per Delhi Police, has been arrested under FIR Number-47 dated Apr 27, 2018. The statement does not specify the sections under which the duo has been booked.
The Delhi Police have accused the duo of “educating Kashmiri youth to bypass state-imposed social-media ban by use of VPN during April-May, 2017.”
“Further, they were found to be pro-Kashmiri terrorism and pro-Pakistan through their anti-India and seditious posts. Laptops, mobile phones, SIM cards, internet dongles and memory devices recovered from them will be examined by Delhi Police in detail to ascertain anti-state activities,” the statement read.
Delhi Police said that the two are likely to be produced before court by Friday evening and taken on police remand for further questioning.
A Kashmiri youth studying Computer Applications at a Jalandhar college was abducted early Friday morning by gunmen in plainclothes, who later turned out to be sleuths of Delhi Police’s Cyber Cell, from his rented accommodation while six of his roommates were held at gunpoint.
Earlier in the day, SSP Kulgam Harmeet Singh told Kashmir Reader that he had been in touch with his counterparts in Punjab and it had come to fore that sleuths of Delhi Police’s Cyber Cell arrested Teeli.
“Even Punjab Police did not know who had arrested him. Now we have gotten in touch with the Cyber Cell and we have been told that he was arrested in connection with an FIR,” Singh said.
He said that the student’s family had been intimated about his arrest.
“We do not know what the case is, but we are in constant touch with the Cyber Cell,” Singh said.
Teeli is a student of sixth semester of Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA) at one of the colleges of the St Soldier’s Group in Jalandhar city in Punjab.
He lives at a rented accommodation in 35-A, Mithu Basti, near his college, along with seven other students from Kashmir.
“At about 6:00 AM in the morning, while one of our roommates had gone for morning prayers, armed men in civvies barged into our flat and started inquiring about our names,” one of the roommates of Teeli told Kashmir Reader over phone.
He said that Teeli was singled out as soon as he uttered his name.
“They took hold of him and started to drag him away. When we inquired about the identity of the intruders and why our friend was being taken away, they pulled out their pistols and held us at gunpoint till they walked out of the building,” the roommate said.
Since morning, the roommates and other Kashmiri students at the college said, they had been making rounds between the local police station and the administrative office of their college.
“The police were initially reluctant in filing an FIR, and our Principal, Dr Pushkar Nath, scolded us for going to police,” the students said.
They alleged that the principal, when approached, shooed them away from his office.
The students quoted the principal as saying, “How would I know he wasn’t a terrorist? Kashmiri students have been arrested in JNU as well. Go away. I have nothing to do with this drama.”
Kashmir Reader tried to reach Nath on his mobile number but a lady picked up and after inquiring about the purpose of the call, she disconnected and switched off the phone.
Back home in Yaripora, Teeli’s worried family had been making repeated rounds to the local police station to get some information about their son.
“We are still outside Yaripora police station and have been told to wait. We got to know through the media that he has been picked up by the Cyber Cell. We don’t know why or how,” Teeli’s father, Muhammad Yousuf, told Kashmir Reader in the afternoon.