‘@Shami Witness’ Mehdi Biswas sent to police custody for interrogation
Mehdi Saroor of Bangalore was sent to five day police custody for interrogation by a local court, told the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abhishek Goyal. He said, “We had produced Mehdi before the sessions court, which remanded him to five day police custody till Dec 18 for interrogation by our investigation team on his unlawful activities.”
Biswas was arrested early Saturday when a British news Channel unmasked the 24 year old executive as a supporter of IS through social media. His twitter handler @ShamiWitness gave indications of his IS connection.
Additional Director General of Police Hemant Nimbalkar said, “Preliminary investigation reveals that Mehdi Biswas is a propagandist of IS ideology and has been instrumental in influencing minds against our friendly countries against whom the terror group is at war.”
A case has been registered against Biswas under three sections- the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Information Technology (IT) Act.
“We are quizzing him on his virtual and actual relations with the terror group and checking his antecedents, including mobile calls, e-mails, chat sessions and postings in the social media like Facebook, blogs and Twitter,” Nimbalkar said.
Two mobiles, one laptop, incriminating documents, religious literature and compact discs ere seized from his one-room apartment. A police team raided his one room apartment in the Northern Suburb early Saturday and he was arrested.
“We are also probing if Biswas or the terror group has any local presence in the form of sleeper cells or networks,” Nimbalkar added.
Biswas hails from Gopalpur town in West Bengal’s Nadia district and is employed in the foods division of the Kolkata-based ITC Ltd. in Bengaluru.
He admitted to the probe team that he had been operating the Twitter account after he got interested in the developments of the Middle Eastern region. He has nearly 17000 twitter followers and used to tweet aggressively by collecting information on regional developments.