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B’luru executive Mehdi Biswas has denied recruiting anyone for ISIS: Rajnath Singh

Amid barge of questions from the oppositions, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh claimed that he (Mehdi) has denied recruiting any person for the militant group. “His interrogation revealed that his activities were limited to posting and re-posting pro-ISIS material on his Twitter account and social media sites,” he added.

While assuring the House that the central agency is working seriously on the issue, Singh said, “Mehdi had come to prominence in the electronic media in the UK regarding his role in circulating IS material through a Twitter account. Mehdi had a Twitter account under the username @ShamiWitness. He used to visit prominent IS related sites, mostly in Arabic language and then translate the contents in to English and re-post the material on his twitter account.”

It was learnt that central agencies are working in close coordination with the Karnataka Police to get as much as lead possible. “He disclosed that more than 60 percent of his Twitter account followers were non-Muslims from western countries and a majority of his Muslim followers were from the western countries, particularly the UK. He started closely following the developments in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan through internet during his college days and has been active in the social networking sites since 2009. Over a period of time Mehdi started interacting with people in the social networking sites on matters related to jihad,” the minister said.

Earlier, an investigation by Britain’s Channel 4 News had stated that the @ShamiWitness account, which reportedly had a massive 17,700 followers, was being run by an executive based in Bangalore.

Mehdi, who was arrested on was arrested on December 13, belongs to a family from Kolkata in West Bengal and has done his electrical engineering from Guru Nanak Dev Institute of Technology in 2012.

He joined ITC following a campus recruitment drive. He was working as ‘manufacturing executive’ with ITC Foods and was staying in a one-room apartment in the I-T city.

He was arrested under Section 125 of IPC (whoever wages war against the government of any Asiatic power in alliance or at peace with the Government of India or attempts to wage such war, or abets the waging of such war), different sections the of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Information Technology Act.

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