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West Bengal Engineer Faces Trial for Supporting ISIS

This engineer is one of the first few Indians to be booked for alleged cyberterrorism over ISIS-related tweets.

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Mehdi Masroor Biswas will face trial for alleged ISIS terror activities online. (Photo Courtesy: <i><a href="http://www.thenewsminute.com/article/bengaluru-police-file-37000-page-charge-sheet-against-mehdi-masroor-biswas">The News Minute</a></i>)

Mehdi Masroor Biswas’ activities supporting the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria online have caused him to face trial on charges of cyber terrorism in a case that might set a precedent for other cases of cyber terrorism.

Biswas’ Twitter handle was ranked in the top 10 ISIS accounts and regularly accessed by Western ISIS fighters. He was arrested in Bengaluru in 2014, and a special court in the city has ruled that given evidence with the police on his criminal activities, there is sufficient ground to charge him with cyberterrorism, reports The Indian Express.

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Biswas’s Twitter handle constantly makes references to ISIS’ activities.

UK’s Channel 4 first reported his activities first, following which he was arrested by the police in Bangalore. He is one of the first Indians to have been arrested for terrorism-related activities in the virtual space.

He has been charged under 66 F of the Information Technology Act, 2000 for cyberterrorism. Biswas’ trial starts in June.

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