Islamic State Twitter handler was in touch with ISIS fighters: police

Biswas was produced before a Bengaluru court today and sent to judicial custody till 16 January.

hidden January 02, 2015 22:37:54 IST
Islamic State Twitter handler was in touch with ISIS fighters: police

Bengaluru: Alleged pro-Islamic State (IS) Twitter account handler Mehdi Masroor Biswas was in touch with ISIS combatant stationed in Iraq, a top police official said.

"During our interrogation of Biswas, we have found that the IS account holder was in touch with the ISIS combatant and he was an aide," Bengaluru Police Commissioner MN Reddi told reporters in Begaluru.

Islamic State Twitter handler was in touch with ISIS fighters police

Islamic State Twitter account handler Mehdi Masroor Biswas. Image courtesy CNN-IBN

Biswas was produced before a city court today and sent to judicial custody till 16 January.

Biswas was arrested on 13 December under IPC section 125 (waging war against the Government of any Asiatic power in alliance with the government of India) section 18 and 39 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Section 66 of the Information Technology Act.

Reddi said police have gathered sufficient evidence to prove that Biswas supported ISIS and also his direct messages on his Twitter handle revealed that he encouraged people to join IS.

"We have sufficient evidence to prove he (Biswas) supported ISIS. Direct messages on his Twitter handle also show he encouraged people to join the terrorist outfit. He had been pro-actively tweeting," he said.

Police had launched a manhunt for Biswas after Britain's Channel 4 News had aired the report on the presence of ISIS Twitter Ideologue @ShamiWitness in Bengaluru and arrested him from a rented apartment in the city.

On the Bengaluru blast outside a restaurant on 28 December that claimed the life of a woman from Chennai and injured three others, Reddi said police were waiting for corroborative evidence to ascertain if the sketches matched.

Until then, police wouldn't release them, he said.

On whether police saw any link with the 2005 IISc terror attack in which an IIT Professor from Delhi was killed by unidentified gunmen, he said, "it cannot be ruled out".

Asked whether the suspects would have visited Bengaluru before carrying out the blast, Reddi said, "The police did not have tacit information on that but the suspects had stayed in Hubballi, Yadgiri and Hosapete for four to five months."

Outlawed outfit SIMI's possible role has come under the scanner of investigators probing the terror attack. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had said last week that some SIMI members who had escaped from a jail in Madhya Pradesh had visited Karnataka.

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