Phones of Samujjal Bhattacharya, Anup Chetia ‘tapped’ using Pegasus spyware, say reports


GUWAHATI: Israeli spyware Pegasus was allegedly used by Indian intelligence agencies to record the phone calls of AASU advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya and top ULFA leader Anup Chetia. According to news reports in the national media one Delhi-based writer from Manipur was also in the list of telecom surveillance. Pegasus spyware is created by an Israeli firm NSO Group and is provided only to the government agencies around the world says the company.

Samujjal Bhattacharya was one of the top leaders of the anti-citizenship amendment act movement in Assam.

As per the media reports, the Union Home Ministry was keeping a tab on Chetia after the attack on Bengali speaking Hindus in Tinsukia in 2018. The incident was around the time of the anti-CAA movement and had created a lot of uproar in the state. The national media reports indicate that Chetia’s phone was then put under surveillance. 

“As former members of ULFA, we once indulged in anti-India activities. So, I am not surprised that my name has come up in that list. I am sure my phones are being tracked all the time,” told Chetia to HT.