Media frenzy over 'planned attack' on B'luru creates panic

Can't say if tweet is from ISIS: Police commissioner

The City police and many Bengalureans went through some tense moments on Monday afternoon, following a tweet which threatened that a hostage crisis, like the one carried out in Sydney, will be launched in Bengaluru on Tuesday in support of

Even as operations were on in Sydney to end the crisis, a message was posted on @ISIS-Med (Islamic State Media) at 11.18 am, saying, “This is just the beginning. We’ll launch a huge hostage operation in Bangalore tomorrow, in support of Shami.” In no time, some television news channels started flashing the tweet details and this led to some tense moments.

Reacting to the tweet, Bengaluru Police Commissioner M N Reddi said, “I would like to clarify that there is no such threat perception to Bengaluru City. There has been an over-reaction in certain sections of the media to a tweet by a Twitter handle, which is actually a parody of ISIS and not confirmed. Such over-reaction by a section of media has unnecessarily led to a sense of panic in Bengaluru City.”

The commissioner said that due to the posting of the tweet, an impression has been created in the City that there will be a hostage incident in Bengaluru on Tuesday on the lines of what happened in Sydney on Monday. “It’s totally false.”

“But the Bengaluru City police are on alert and all information and inputs received will be treated with appropriate importance. Public are informed that there is absolutely no threat perception and there is no need to panic,” Reddi said.

NIA joins CCB probe
Meanwhile, the National Investigative Agency (NIA) joined the CCB police in quizzing Mehdi Masroor Biswas, the alleged pro-IS Twitter handler arrested on Saturday. 

The NIA officers wanted to know if Mehdi played any role in terror attacks across the country in the recent past. They wanted to ascertain if he has links with any ultras, said the police.

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