It took an investigation by British Channel 4 to reveal the identity of the alleged IS tweeter, Mehdi Masroor Biswas, who was sitting in Bengaluru and generating a following across the world on social media platforms.
His exposure by media caught the Indian security agencies by surprise, forcing them to look for his whereabouts.
“It’s true, we didn’t have any inkling about Mehdi’s @shamiwitness twitter account being run from Bengaluru. Though, the account of his activities that has appeared in media so far seems to be exaggerated, we are yet to devote full focus on the IS sympathisers or recruiters prowling in the virtual world,” agreed a counter-terror official.
But it was not for the first time Indian security agencies have been found stumped by ‘accidental revelations’ of terror modules in recent months.
It was an accidental blast in Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnor town on September 12 that revealed the presence of a suspected six-member module of the banned outfit SIMI. The members of Bijnor module had escaped from Madhya Pradesh’s Khandwa prison in September last year.
“Their escape has proved very costly. It is suspected after fleeing from Bijnor, they tried to target a VHP rally in Roorkee on December 6,” said another counter-terror official.
The official added that the Bijnor module is suspected to be behind the `46 lakh bank robbery in Telangana’s Karim Nagar in February this year.
“We also suspect that the operatives of Bijnor module were behind the bomb blasts in a train at Chennai railway station (May 1) and Pune police station’s parking lot (July 10). Their involvement in plating a fire-bomb in a passenger train at Rewari railway station (September 25) also cannot be ruled out,” accepted the counter-terror official.
Again, it was an accidental blast in October that revealed the presence of a huge module of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) operatives in Burdwan in West Bengal.