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.