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NATIONAL Investigation Agency (NIA) has got custody 22–year–old Lashkar–e–Taiba handler Tania Parveen from Kolkata, West Bengal. She was reportedly in touch with several Pakistani handlers though various Pakistani SIM cards and other channels like WhatsApp. NIA has now taken 10–day custody of Parveen where a team of anti–terror probe agency will question her at the Kolkata office. She was arrested in March and was lodged in Dumdum Central Jail.
Tania Parveen was arrested on 20th March 2020 and was sent to police custody. It is believed that Parveen is originally a Bangladeshi national who illegally crossed the border and came to India 10 years back.
The NIA sources claimed the special task force nabbed Parveen, a student of the Maulana Azad College — a state–run Kolkata college, from the Baduria near the India–Bangladesh border in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district.
Several Pakistani SIM cards were found in her possession and she was part of various WhatsApp groups which also exchanged videos of LeT training and literature. A senior police officer had told media that she was traced through her social media. As per the police officer, she had influenced men as well as several young girls in Bengal to join the terror outfit.
Reportedly, she has been actively involved with Lashkar–e–Taiba and has also given provocative speeches.
She even received money through hawala network for terror activities. Parveen wanted to establish an Islamic country in India and took inspiration from ISIS. She was nabbed after a year–long surveillance, the source said. ■