Bengaluru, Dec 13: Mehdi Masroor Biswas who was arrested by the Bangalore police has confessed to running the twitter handle @shamwitness.
He has been booked under Sections 125 of the Indian Penal Code which is punishable for waging war against an Asiatic country in alliance with the government of India.
He has also been booked for Unlawful Activities and Section 66 of the Information Technology Act.
After an initial denial he confessed to the police that he was recruited at the West Bengal Institute of Technology.
He was earning a salary of around Rs 5 lakh a year
The Bangalore police which nabbed Mehdi Masroor Biswas in a press conference confirmed the same. Here are the pointers of the entire press conference:
-On the basis of credible intelligence inputs received by Bengaluru City Police regarding the presence of ISIS Twitter Ideologue @ShamiWitness in Bengaluru city, M N Reddi IPS, Commissioner of Police, Bengaluru, formed a special team of CCB Police officers under the leadership of Hemant Nimbalkar Jt CP Crime and Abhishek Goyal DCP Crime.
-This team working with help from Internal Security Division of Karnataka, apprehended 24 year old Mehdi Masroor Biswas from his one room rented apartment today during the early hours of morning. He is basically from West Bengal and is working as a Manufacturing Executive in Bangalore since 2012 and earn an annual package of 5.3 lacs per annum with a MNC.
-He is an engineer by qualification. His parents and two elder sisters live in West Bengal. His father is a retired employee of WB State Electricity Board.
Mehdi Masroor Biswas has confessed to the fact that he was operating @ShamiWitness Twitter account for the last many years. He got interested in the developments of Levantine region consisting of Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Gaza strip, Egypt & Libya etc from 2003 onwards.
-He used to work in his office during the day and become active on internet late into the nights. He took a 60GB monthly internet connection and used to read all breaking news websites related to ISIS/ISIL. He had a following of more than 17000 twitter users and used to ferociously tweet by aggregating information and closely watching the developments of this region.
He was particularly close to the English speaking terrorists of ISIS and became a source of incitement and information for the new recruits trying to join ISIS/ISIL.
-Through his social media propaganda he abetted ISIL in its agenda to wage war against the Asiatic powers.
He was careful in hiding his true identity and was confident that it will never get revealed. His identity was exposed by channel 4 and inputs were passed on to Indian agencies. FIR is registered against Mehdi Masroor Biswas under various provisions of IPC, UAP Act & IT Act 2000 & investigation is being carried on by CCB led by DCP Crime.
Bengaluru police is working in coordination with various security agencies.