According to central intelligence agencies, the Centre has blocked fourteen mobile applications used by terrorists and their supporters in Jammu and Kashmir.
On the advice of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the relevant department has blocked Wickrme, Mediafire, Briar, BChat, Nandbox, Conion, IMO, Element, Second line, Zangi, Threema, Crypviser, Enigma, and Safeswiss, according to a source. “Initially, 15 mobile applications, including a popular mobile messenger application, were identified,” a source said, adding that 14 apps have been blocked pursuant to Section 69A of the Information Technology Act of 2000.
After discovering that terrorists and their supporters were using these applications to communicate with on-the-ground workers (OGW) in J&K, a central intelligence officer stated that action was recommended. According to Indian law, “even these apps have no representatives in India and cannot be contacted for information,” a source said.
“Intelligence agencies also informed the MHA that the majority of these applications are designed to provide anonymity to their users, making it difficult to identify the entities associated with them. These mobile applications assist terrorists and their affiliates in engaging in activities that are detrimental to India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and can disrupt peace and harmony, according to a second source.