Pro-IS Twitter handle of ‘Kalyan youth’ taken off after agencies intervene

Last month, the pro-IS Twitter handle had in a post threatened to kill all adult males in India.

Written by Rashmi Rajput | Mumbai | Published: May 19, 2015 1:25:52 am
Pro-IS twitter, twitter, @Magnetgas17, social media, twitter handle, islamic state, islamic state twitter, Indian Security Agencies, mumbai police, mumbai news, city news, local news, maharashtra news, Indian Express On April 20, the same handle had tweeted six pictures of a masked man with an AK-47 and the text.

A Twitter handle suspected to be operated by one of the four Kalyan youths who fled to Iraq last year to fight with terror outfit Islamic State (IS) has been suspended. @Magnetgas17 was suspended by Twitter after the Indian security agencies wrote to the social networking site earlier this month.

Last month, the pro-IS Twitter handle had in a post threatened to kill “all adult males in India, if they fail to accept Islam”, prompting security agencies to write to Twitter authorities.

“The post of 23rd April, for the first time, targeted Indians. We decided to take up the issue and get the account suspended,” a senior security officer told The Indian Express.

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“Earlier this year, we had got another handle Magnetgas suspended for the same reasons. The pro-IS twitter handle is suspected to be operated by Fahad, one of the four Kalyan youths who joined IS,” he added.

The four young men, identified as Areeb Majid, Fahad Shaikh, Amaan Tandel and Saheem Tanki, hail from Kalyan. On May 25, they left with 40 others on a pilgrimage to Baghdad. On May 31, they called for a private taxi which dropped them at Mosul. Since then they went missing and were believed to have joined the terror group. However, Majeed returned to India in November. NIA booked him and the other three under Section 125 of IPC (waging war with an Asiatic ally) and certain Sections (16,18,20) of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

Magnetgas17 on April 23 tweeted, “ What IS will do in India? (mushrik) Ans- Give dawah to accept ISLAM if they accept, they are brother(s) if not IS will kill all adult Male,”(sic) . While mushrik is an Arabic word meaning a polytheist or “one who falsely associates (something) with God,” dawah means inviting to understand Islam.

On April 20, the same handle had tweeted six pictures of a masked man with an AK-47 and the text: “Abu Tawheed al hindi in the land of khilafah…,”.

“Al-hindi is commonly used by IS to refer to youths of Indian origin. The tweet is a matter of concern because it claims that one of the Indians is in the land of Khilafah or the Caliphate. Only those with advanced combat training are selected to serve the Caliphate,” added the officer.

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