Network of Mehdi: Tough Nut to Crack

Published: 06th January 2015 05:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th January 2015 05:59 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: Even as Alleged pro-Islamic State (IS) Twitter account handler Mehdi Masroor Biswas Mehdi Masroor Ali Biswas has been sent to judicial custody, the Central Crime branch (CCB) continues to investigate his numerous virtual avatars.

Mehdi (24), was arrested on December 13 after a UK-based TV channel reported that the pro-IS twitter handle with over 17,500 followers was being operated from Bengaluru.

The police caught and arrested Mehdi, within a few hours and have been, since then downloading data from his twitter handle and analysing data which includes about 1.3 lakh tweets and 12,000 direct messages.

During the CCB’s investigation, it was found that Mehdi had numerous accounts with various service providers. However, the police are not sure of the correspondence in these accounts as Mehdi claimed that he had forgotten the passwords.

Despite efforts and repeated questioning, these accounts are yet to be accessed. “Mehdi claims that he has forgotten the passwords and our efforts to try and open these accounts have failed. About 15 days ago, we even wrote to the various service providers for details to these accounts, but we are yet to get a response,” officials said. After spending time in police custody since December, 13, Mehdi was sent to judicial custody on January 2.


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