Ben­galuru po­lice ar­rest Biswas


Ben­galuru Po­lice ar­rested a city based ex­ec­u­tive Me­hdi Mas­roor Biswas for al­legedly han­dling pro-ISIS Twit­ter ac­count. The po­lice con­firmed that Me­hdi con­fessed that he was the op­er­a­tor of the pro-Is­lamic State Twit­ter ac­count @ ShamiWit­ness. How­ever, po­lice said that no di­rect link has been es­tab­lished be­tween @ShamiWit­ness and Is­lamic State, Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency has been told to in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter. Ac­cord­ing to the Ben­galuru Po­lice it looks more like a case of ‘self- rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion.’

The ar­rest of the pro-ISIS sus­pect came after a UK-based Chan­nel 4 news re­vealed the key de­tails of the per­son run­ning the Twit­ter ac­count in­clud­ing that it was be­ing op­er­ated from Ben­galuru. Although, the Ben­galuru Po­lice have de­tained the man be­hind the pro-ISIS Twit­ter ac­count but it should be seen as a ma­jor lapse in se­cu­rity mea­sures.

The @ShamiWit­ness twit­ter ac­count was cre­ated in 2009. Since then, ji­hadists con­tent has be­ing posted from the ac­count since then. Ac­cord­ing to the press note re­leased by Ben­galuru Po­lice, Me­hdi was in­ter­ested in po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ments in mid­dle east coun­tries like Gaza strip, Syria, Is­rael, Le­banon, Egypt, Libya since 2003. Po­lice also said that he was al­legedly in con­nec­tion with key ISIS fig­ures and UK ji­hadists. Most of his fol­low­ers are Is­lamic State’s for­eign ji­hadists.

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