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Radicalised Mehdi calls for beheading

Radicalised Mehdi calls for beheading
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Radicalised Mehdi Calls for Beheading. Mehdi Masroor Biswas, who is alleged to have been operating a pro-IS twitter account, has been dubbed by his interrogators as an extremely radicalised youth who believes that beheading of the \"enemy\" and making abducted women sex slaves was nothing wrong.

Interrogation of Biswas has indicated that his activities were limited to posting and re-posting of pro-IS material on his Twitter account. More than 60% of his Twitter followers were non-Muslims— Home Minister Rajnath Singh

New Delhi: Mehdi Masroor Biswas, who is alleged to have been operating a pro-IS twitter account, has been dubbed by his interrogators as an extremely radicalised youth who believes that beheading of the "enemy" and making abducted women sex slaves was nothing wrong.

The 24-year-old, who was arrested in Bengaluru, told interrogators that he believed in the extreme form of Islam and that one day the so-called caliphate or IS will come into existence in the world.

Mehdi described Indian Muslims as 'sarkari Muslims' who were incapable of fighting against government forces

The electrical engineer-turned-jihadi propagandist, who was running the twitter handle 'ShamiWitness', told interrogators that since 2009, he has been following the political developments in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan and became a IS sympathiser running a propaganda campaign for it.

Mehdi said he was not aware of anybody joining IS and nor has he ever spoken to any fighter of the Islamic State with agencies now verifying those claims. He said that one of the three Mumbai youths who are still in Iraq-Syria is handling a pro-IS twitter handle and posting sympathetic tweets, sources said. Mehdi was apparently very hassled 4-5 days prior to his arrest and reportedly spoke to his mother, telling her that he was not sure about his future. Britain's Channel 4 News had first aired the report regarding Mehdi's link with the twitter account that is followed by foreign jihadis.

"The interrogation of Biswas has indicated that his activities were limited to posting and reposting of pro-IS material on his Twitter account. He has denied having recruited any person for IS," Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Monday.

"During interrogation Biswas disclosed that more than 60 percent of his followers were non-Muslims from western countries.”

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