Bengaluru: Bengaluru police have detained the alleged handler of the pro-ISIS twitter handle @ShamiWitness on early Saturday morning.
Top police officials confirmed the detention saying “we have the man”. But they declined to confirm whether he was arrested and under which sections was a case made out against him.
Until late on Friday, the police maintained that they hadn’t made any serious headway with the investigation and the city commissioner M N Reddi had said his team was on the job.
According to sources, the police have not been able to find evidence linking the youth directly to the @shamiwitness account or any subversive activities, but have detained him based on photographs of the suspect began circulating on the web.
“We have to wait for authorities in the US where Twitter’s servers are located to provide authentic evidence if any linking the youth’s computer systems to the @shamiwitness account,” police told the media here.
Mehdi, who spoke to The Indian Express on Friday night had expressed fears of being arrested. He claimed that he had given some information about his online activities to Channel 4 only to throw them off his back. He reportedly told the newspaper that he is not the owner of the account.