December 18, 2014
ShamiWitness Still in Jail
It looks like Mehdi Masroor Biswas will be spending Christmas in the slammer, with hands on training in The Greek.
Police custody of alleged handler of the most influential pro-Islamic State (IS) Twitter account Mehdi Masroor Biswas was extended by 15 days by a court in Bengaluru on Thursday.Also Disillusioned Indian Jihadi forced to clean toilets for ISIS as part of his Jihad for Allah exchanged private messages with Biswas.
"His police custody has been extended by 15 days till January 2. We had asked for 25 days," Joint Commissioner of Police Hemanth Nimbalkar told PTI. Biswas was presented before the session's court here at the end of his five-day police remand. Meanwhile, Biswas's parents who are in the city from West Bengal met their son and the city Police Commissioner MN Reddi.
One of the three Kalyan youths, fighting for the ISIS in Syria, follows @ShamiWitness on Twitter, the account operated by Bangalore-based food manufacturing executive Mehdi Masroor Biswas, police told a special court on Thursday. Masroor, 24, was arrested last week.So apparently ShamiWitness was aware of the low status given to Indian Jihadis by ISIS but never once mentioned it publicly (that I'm aware of).
Apart from putting out nearly 1.2 lakh tweets, Masroor also exchanged around 11,000 direct messages through his Twitter account and one of the persons with whom he communicated is suspected to be an Indian youth in Syria, recruited earlier this year along with three others from Maharashtra, the police said.
The crime branch police investigating the tweets by @ShamiWitness for terror-links, sought 25-day custody of Masroor, claiming that he needs to be taken to Mumbai to confront Areeb Majeed, the Kalyan youth who returned to India after having fought for ISIS.