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IS ‘sympathiser’ from Karnataka held in Dubai

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A youth in his mid-20s, hailing from Karnataka’s coastal town of Bhatkal and accused of handling a Twitter account of the banned Islamic State, has been detained by the police in the United Arab Emirates on a tip-off from the Telangana police in March this year, it has now emerged.

The detention of Adnan Hassan Damudi in Dubai came after his efforts to woo youth from Telangana to the IS were tracked, sources in the Intelligence Bureau confirmed to The Hindu.

The sources said Damudi, who went to Dubai in 2012 to take up an accountant’s job, started tweeting IS propaganda. They said that not only did he woo a few youths from Telangana, but he also assured them of travel documents and travel expenses.

The Telangana police foiled the attempt and reported his activities to the Dubai police through the Ministry of Home Affairs. The sources said Damudi had been in the UAE custody since March and the investigating agencies were trying to prepare a detailed report to get him extradited. Information on his local contacts who were in touch with him through Twitter and Facebook were being gathered.

The second charge sheet against Mehdi Masroor Biswas, 24, suspected of running a social media handle for the banned outfit from the city, hasn’t yet been filed as the police “await a response” from Google.

In January, the city police asked Google, which runs an email service and a search engine, for information on the activities of Biswas who has been in judicial custody for over 11 months. The police picked him up from his apartment at Jalahalli on December 13, 2014, on the suspicion that he was running the pro-IS account @ShamiWitness. In June 2015, the police filed a charge sheet. He has been booked on the charges of unlawful activities, criminal conspiracy, supporting terrorist outfits and waging war against the state.

The police suspect Biswas ran multiple e-mail accounts which they could not access. “We are yet to get a response from Google. The access and information provided will help to file an additional charge sheet,” said M. Chandrashekhar, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime).

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