Teen Tried to Buy Car Bomb on the Dark Web, Found Guilty

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A British national of Indian origin in his teens has been found guilty of using the dark web to buy an explosive to build a car bomb.

Recently, an Indian-origin teenager has been found guilty of trying to buy a car bomb on the dark web.

While there is still a lot of speculation on how exactly the investigative agency, in this case the National Crime Agency of Britain, tracked the teenager, those using the dark web for any unlawful activity will have to realize that they may not be able to escape the law for too long.

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The Present Case Explained

The legal case involves a 19-year-old Brit of Indian origin, Gurtej Randhawa, who searched for explosives on the dark web.

And he appears to have been particularly buying a Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) which, in layman’s terms, is a car bomb.

He found one and ordered it in the month of May 2017. The teenager then gave his genuine address in Wolverhampton, U.K. He was apprehended by the police—as mentioned, the sleuths of the NCA—and booked.

The agency appears to have intercepted the packet, replaced the original bomb with a dummy one and let the consignment be delivered to Randhawa.

They then caught him in trying to test out what he had ordered.

Court Finds Randhawa to be Guilty

The charge the court found Randhawa guilty of, inter alia, involves possessing an explosive substance that could be used to endanger human life and the community in the U.K.

It was such an open-and-shut case that there was probably no option left with the accused but to plead guilty, hoping the judge would take a more lenient stance and lessen the punishment.

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The exact sentence is still to be delivered; it is expected to come after the new year is born, on January 12.

For the record, Gurtej Randhawa did plead guilty of having imported explosives, which alone might not have amounted to a serious offense.

The investigating agency drove home the point that if Randhawa had succeeded in assembling the bomb and used it to remotely trigger an attack, then there was a possibility that such an incident would have resulted in the death of many innocent people.

There was no way the agency would have permitted that.

The only point of relief for the NCA was that the teenager did not have any links with groups involved in terrorist activities, nor has he been found to have committed any such serious crime in the past.

Was Randhawa Under Close Watch?

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Recently, an Indian-origin teenager has been found guilty of trying to buy a car bomb on the dark web.

Now if Randhawa was using the Tor browser and the dark web to source this bomb, how come he fell into the net of the investigators? A few possibilities are being suggested.

One section feels that he must have been unlucky to land in one of the decoy sites run by law enforcement agencies and was immediately under the scanner.

There have been such cases in the past, particularly in the U.S., where people have fallen into the net spread by the agencies.

They pretend to be a genuine buyer, ordering drugs and then catching hold of the offenders.

If this was the method used in the Randhawa case, then it is indeed a warning sign for all Tor users and dark web traders, wherever they are operating from.

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The other theory is that the parcel carrying the car bomb inside might have been detected on a scanner in transit, and someone could have sounded off the police in the U.K. since the parcel was destined there.

The last educated guess is that Randhawa had already been identified by the NCA, and they had kept a close watch on him even before he placed the order.

Whatever the modus operandi employed, the facts are very clear—someone trying to procure deadly explosives from within the dark web was apprehended before any damage could be caused by him to the community at large.

It is also possible that for every such crime prevented, there may be many that are slipping by undetected.

Often, there is a limit to the capabilities of the crime prevention agencies in staying one step ahead of the criminal.

But, in the case of Gurtej Randhawa, their foresight has seen a victory.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. They should skip the court system and shoot the motherfucker in the face, and any other assholes who think, plan, or contemplate any act of terrorism. I tired of all these religious fanatics killing innocent people in the name of some factious god. There all stupid, mindless, weak, animals. it’s time for world wide cleansing. This planet is in trouble enough, without these retarded extremist walking free, our energy should be focused on a higher level of conciseness, not wondering if the subway we get on, the school we go to, the theater we attend will blow up, I for one am fucking sick of all the attention, resources, money, and life’s experiences that are expended to these worthless dirt-bags. I am a educated, responsible, contributing member of this planet, it is time we make this planet enjoyable to exist. I am so sick of all this, it’s time to bury them in the holes they shit in.

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  2. Bit curious that the NCA are being so secretive about it – not crime or terror related it says in multiple posts? If they know he is guilty, why can’t they say what it’s for.. they must know if they are saying he’s guility?

  3. Is this a set up to prove a point?
    Bit curious that the NCA are being so secretive about it – not crime or terror related it says in multiple posts? If they know he is guilty, why can’t they say what it’s for.. they must know if they are saying he’s guility?

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