Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: The National Investigating Agency (NIA) is all set to probe a Bengaluru-based Indian executive who could be one of the biggest online recruiters for terror group Islamic State.
A report on Friday stated that the Indian executive could be recruiting for Islamic State terror group in the country.
NIA, country’s top federal agency, meant to combat terror will take forward the case as Areeb Majeed, an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) returnee was following the particular Twitter handle.
Majeed was arrested on his return to Mumbai after spending nearly six months in Iraq. He was booked under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) on charges of conspiring to commit a terrorist act and being a member of a banned foreign terror outfit, and under the stringent Section 125 of the IPC for “waging war against the nation”.
Majeed, suspected member of terror outfit ISIS, revealed the names of the local contacts, who allegedly provided him the logistics to join the group to take part in the battle in Iraq, NIA officials said.
In May this year, four youths from Kalyan town — Majeed, Shaheen Tanki, Fahad Shaikh and Aman Tandel — had left India to visit holy places in West Asia, but disappeared thereafter. They were suspected to have joined the ISIS.
Reports say that the security agency was aware of the particular Twitter account, however, it is yet to ascertain whether the individual operating is based in Bangalore.
NIA suspects Mehdi – “man behind the most influential IS Twitter account” may be involved to recruit Indians for the dreaded terror outfit which has caused mayhem across Iraq.
According to Britain’s Channel 4 News, the “man behind the most influential IS Twitter account” is called “Mehdi” and he is an executive in Bengaluru working for an Indian conglomerate. (Channel 4 News has chosen not to reveal his full name as he says his life would be in danger if his true identity was made public.)
“His tweets, written under the name Shami Witness, were seen two million times each month, making him perhaps the most influential Islamic State Twitter account, with over 17,700 followers,” the channel says.
Crime branch of the Bengaluru Police has launched a probe into the veracity of the British media report. “We have received the information in the morning on this. We have asked the crime branch to look into the veracity of the report. Whatever action is to be taken, will be taken,” City Police Commissioner MN Reddi told reporters here.