Bengaluru Man behind IS Twitter Account Operation detained

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New Delhi, Dec 13: The Benagaluru man, who was handling the top Twitter account of Islamic State (IS), was reportedly arrested by the police, sources said on Saturday.

However, the police refused to confirm whether the arrested man is the real accused Mehdi Masroor Biswas, who was handling the twitter account @ShamiWitness.

The Director General of Karnataka police, Bengaluru city police commissioner and the head of the Internal Security Division are scheduled to share more details at a press conference scheduled for 1 pm
 
Earlier, in an interview to The Indian Express Biswas denied he was the man behind the terror Twitter handle. He claimed that the report by the UK-based Channel 4 was false and baseless.

He alleged the TV channel of taking the avenge after he refused to admit about the report. "When Channel 4 called me first and asked if @ShamiWitness was my Twitter handle, I did not oppose it..my outright rejection would not have convinced them. I therefore decided to admit that I was indeed @ShamiWitness in the hope that they would not air the programme," said Mehdi in an interview to Indian Express.

"But I am telling you that I am not @ShamiWitness. Somebody must have hacked my email account which I used as ElSaltador@gmail.com and used it to upload stuff. I have been framed. Someone must have planted this," he said.

The British channel on Wednesday had claimed that Mehdi, the man named in media reports, an executive working with Indian conglomerate in Bengaluru, handles the Twitter account, which has over 17,000 followers, two thirds of whom are fighting for the ISIS in Iraq and Syra.

The tweets were posted through his mobile praising the IS and motivating people to join the jihadi group. The account was closed following the report aired on Channel 4.



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