Suspected IS Arrests In Uttar Pradesh

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Lucknow: As part of its ongoing investigations 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 Seelampur in North East Delhi, a predominantly Muslim populated area, Sami was running a website where he allegedly uploaded his inflammatory speeches.

A Non Bailable Warrant (NBW) was issued against him by the Special NIA court, Delhi. “He has been arrested in the case of ongoing investigation into the conspiracy to form a terror organisation and to launch terror attacks in the country. He has been brought to Delhi and is being produced before the NIA special Court today,” an NIA official said.

The official added that Sami was found to be “instigating and motivating youth for anti-national activities and has visited various parts of the country in order to deliver his Takreer and Bayaan”.

He runs a trust and madrassas and some of his financial transactions in this connection have been found to be of suspicious nature and are under investigation, the NIA official said.