New Delhi: After getting inputs from intelligence agencies, the Centre has blocked 14 messenger mobile applications that were largely used in Jammu and Kashmir for spreading terror, sources said.
According to sources, terrorists used these mobile applications in Kashmir to communicate with their supporters and Over Ground Workers (OGWs).
"Agencies keep track of channels used by OGWs and terrorists to communicate among themselves. While tracking down one of the communications, 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 said.
Thereafter, with the help of other intelligence agencies operating in Kashmir, a list of such apps was prepared that pose a threat to national security and do not follow Indian laws.
“After getting the list prepared, the concerned ministry was informed of the request to ban these mobile applications. These apps have been blocked under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000,” the official added.
In official communications to higher-ups, the intelligence agencies informed that these apps were spreading terror propaganda in Kashmir.
Sources said these apps include Crypviser, Enigma, Safeswiss, Wickrme, Mediafire, Briar, BChat, Nandbox, Conion, IMO, Element, Second Line, Zangi and Theema.