Two teenagers were questioned by a team from the Rajasthan Anti-terrorism Squad (ATS) and the Bhilwara police for allegedly creating a WhatsApp group titled Lashkar-e-Taiba and sending invites to users as far as Uttar Pradesh.
The police said that the two boys – a class 9 student and a school dropout – created the group three days ago in Bhilwara. They were quizzed following an FIR registered by the Uttar Pradesh police.
According to reports, the boys are accused of sending invites to another group asking its members to join ‘Lashkar-e-Taiba’. One of the members of the group, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, complained to the police which then informed their counterparts in Rajasthan.
“When the members of the group clicked on the invitation link, there was nothing. An FIR has been registered against the sender of the invitation under sections of the IPC and the IT Act. We have also informed the UP Anti-Terrorist Squad,” Lucknow cyber-crime cell nodal officer Abhay Mishra said.
The Rajasthan police said that preliminary investigation does not suggest any radicalism or anti-national intentions.
The boys have not been detained as the police believe that the intention may have been mischief.
“The boys haven’t been detained so far. At this point, it seems that they created the group just for mischief, out of immaturity. They felt that more participants could join the group if it had such a name,” the Indian Express quoted Rajendra Singh Nen, circle officer, Mandalgarh, as saying.