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TN cyber police monitors suspected social media accounts after Taliban win in Afghan

- August 17, 2021

Chennai, August 17 (BPNS)

After Socialist Democratic Party Of India (SDPI) Tamil Nadu state secretary Umer Farook deleted his social media post praising Taliban on its victory and capturing of power, the Tamil Nadu Cyber police and ‘Q’ branch swung into action and has commenced monitoring suspected social media accounts and Twitter handles.

The SDPI which has leanings to Islamic organisations, had called upon Umer Farook and had asked him to delete his post and he had immediately done so. However the cyber police and the elite ‘Q’ branch of the state police commenced watching and monitoring social media accounts of certain organisations and individuals keenly.

After the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan the central intelligence agencies had passed on information to all the state police chief’s to monitor the social media accounts of certain organisations and individuals. There were reports on certain extreme elements in Taliban coming out with the statements that ‘After Kabul it is Delhi’ which has charged up the central agencies.

With Tamil Nadu having a history of Islamic organisations conducting major ambushes with the Coimbatore bomb blast aimed at the then Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. Advani and later the bombing of RSS state committee office leading to several such organisations under the watch list of central agencies, state agencies, and state police.

After the SDPI leader put his post supporting the Taliban, the intelligence agencies were keenly monitoring whether the same post or new posts have come up in support of the new Afghan regime. The police agencies are also monitoring certain pockets including Coimbatore and certain parts of Jholarpet and other areas where there are strong presence of certain organisations which were on the radar of the agencies.

The arrest of firebrand Islamic preacher and leader of Islamic Sevak Sangh (ISS) from Kerala, Abdul Nasser Madani had taken place after the Coimbatore blasts in which 58 people were killed and over 200 injured. The incident which took place on 14 February 1998 had rocked the state.

The cyber wing of the state police and the ‘Q’ branch is focusing on individuals and organisations as to whether any message or information against the state of India is being circulated or any calls for people to organize are being circulated.

Sources in the state police told IANS that some individuals who had posted in favour of the Taliban returning to power in Afghanistan had immediately withdrawn the statements and no organization as such has directly issued any celebrations or statements in support of the Taliban.

The recent crackdown on some organisations in Tamil Nadu after the brutal murder of a Special Sub Inspector of Tamil Nadu police, S. Wilson on January 8, 2020, at the Kalyakavilai market road check post at the Kerala border. The murder of the policeman led to the crackdown of several fringe groups and individuals and ever since the activities of radical Islamic elements in Tamil Nadu has been on a low.

The central intelligence agencies are also closely monitoring the situation and Tamil Nadu is being given special focus as there were several incidents of Islamic activists creating problems in the state.