As part of its ongoing investigation into a suspected terror module linked to the Islamic State (IS), the National Investigation Agency arrested the 20th suspect from Hardoi in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday.
The accused, identified as Abdus Sami Qasmi, was allegedly delivering provocative and inflammatory speeches in the support of ‘Caliphate,’ an NIA spokesperson said.
A resident of Rampur in Uttar Pradesh, Samo was staying at Seelampur in north-east Delhi, a predominantly Muslim area. He was running a website and a blog where he allegedly uploaded his inflammatory speeches. Several of his speeches are available on YouTube too.
A non-bailable warrant was issued against him by the special NIA court, Delhi. “He has been arrested as part of the ongoing investigation into the conspiracy to form a terror organisation and launch terror attacks in the country. He has been brought to Delhi and is being produced before the NIA special court today,” an NIA officer said.
Sami was remanded in police custody for 10 days.
The official said Sami was found to be “instigating youth to indulge in anti-national activities and has visited various parts of the country to deliver his Takreer and Bayaan.”
He runs a trust and madrassas and some of his financial transactions have been found to be suspicious and they are under investigation, the officer said.
So far, 20 persons have been arrested in the terror-related cases.