‘60% Masroor followers non-Muslims from West’

Rajnath Singh said Biswas was arrested on December 13 and during interrogation.

By: Express News Service | Amitabh Sinha & Anubhuti Vishnoinew Delhi, New Delhi | Published: December 16, 2014 1:43:57 am

Home Minister Rajnath Singh informed Lok Sabha that over 60 per cent followers of Bangalore-based executive Mehdi Masroor Biswas on Twitter were non-Muslims from western countries, and a majority of his Muslim followers were from western countries, particularly the UK.

Making a suo motu statement in Lok Sabha, Singh said Biswas was arrested on December 13 and during interrogation, he indicated that his activities were limited to posting and reposting of pro-ISIS material on his Twitter account.

Sources said a couple of days before UK-based Channel 4 revealed his identity, Biswas cried before his mother that he would be caught by law enforcing agencies. Investigators said they had also identified the Twitter handle of one of the three Kalyan youths who joined the Islamic State (IS) and are yet to return. The handle of one of the Kalyan youth was no longer available. ENS

Aadhaar not mandatory for LPG subsidy

NEW DELHI: The government made it clear in Lok Sabha that an Aadhaar enrolment was not mandatory for the transfer of subsidy amount of LPG cylinder and the option of providing a bank account was also available under the Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG (DBTL).

Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said during Question Hour that under the DBTL, the LPG consumers joining this scheme got all domestic LPG cylinders (subsidised and non-subsidised) at the market rate and subsidy amount as applicable for each domestic subsidised cylinder was transferred to their bank accounts. He said a one-time advance in addition to the cash subsidy admissible was also provided after joining the scheme. ENS

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