The Union Government on 16 December 2014 banned Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The action came few days after an engineer was detained for running a popular Twitter account that praised the militant group’s military campaign.
The aim of the ban is to limit the activities of the West Asia group which has carved out swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria.
The detained techie Mehdi Masoor Biswas was working for a food company from the southern tech hub of Bengaluru. He was running the pro-Islamic State Twitter handle @ShamiWitness that had 17800 followers. He was picked up by police on 13 December 2014
Why the group was not banned till date?
Earlier, India didn’t issue a ban on the group due to lack of its activity in India. Also because India considered that the fate of 39 Indian construction workers who are missing in Iraq lies in the hands of the group. It is believed that these Indians are held by ISIS.
What: banned in India
When: 16 December 2014