Minor “reserved” for suspected terrorist activities

An underage boy from Jalpally area of ​​Hyderabad who accessed banned terrorist websites and their social media groups was arrested by Hyderabad cyber crime police on Friday.

The 17-year-old boy, a first-year student, was placed under the surveillance of the Telangana Police Counterintelligence Cell, and his online activities were closely monitored for a few days before being arrested for a examination. “On Friday, he was questioned at length by the cybercrimes team, who came to the conclusion that the youngster was a social media enthusiast who was looking for terrorism-related content online, but was not afflicted with any radical groups. “said a senior official. said a police officer, adding that the CI cell had shared information with the cybercrime team about the boy’s activities. The suspect was counseled for two days, before a case under the relevant sections of the Information Technology Act was filed against him on Saturday.

“He is not completely radicalized, but has a lot of curiosity. The boy was accessing a lot of content related to terrorism. His devices were seized to gather further evidence,” the officer said.

According to family members and locals, there has been a change in the boy’s behavior for several months, another officer said. Initially the city police thought to let the boy go after being advised, later they took a call to register a case. Contacted, Police Commissioner CV Anand even declined to confirm whether a case had been filed against the suspect. “I don’t want to make any statement about it,” he said.

Meanwhile, another officer said the minor also allegedly tried to lure and influence his friends towards terrorism through social media platforms and direct chats.

Sara H. Byrd