Bengaluru cleric linked to suicide bombing plot

New Delhi : Suspected al-Qaeda member Maulana Anzarshah Qasmi, who was arrested by the Delhi Police in Bengaluru on Wednesday, allegedly planned suicide bombings in Delhi in which ‘high-profile personalities’ may be among the targets.


Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba is also linked to the plot, the police said on Friday. Qasmi, 50, has been brought to Delhi on a transit remand and is being interrogated at Delhi Police special cell’s office in south Delhi’s Lodhi Colony. He is being questioned over an FIR registered with special cell police station. The charges are under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Qasmi is the fourth al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) suspect to be nabbed in the past one month. The three earlier arrests were made in Uttar Pradesh’s Sambhal district. Sources said Qasmi’s name cropped up during the questioning of arrested AQIS suspects Zafar Masood, Mohammed Asif and Abdul Rehman.

Zafar and Abdul confessed to have been in constant touch with Qasmi, while Asif told the police that he met Qasmi at a religious congregation in Bengaluru. The police have recovered incriminating documents from Qasmi and seized laptops which allegedly contained propaganda videos and speeches. According to the police, Qasmi was working with AQIS head Sanaul Haq and had been tasked with setting up AQIS recruitment networks.

The police said the inputs about the terror groups were received by a special cell officer last month upon which he immediately informed his seniors. It is suspected that the groups might also target crowded places in Delhi through suicide bombings and grenade attacks.

“The groups have already infiltrated some terrorists into India through Jammu and Kashmir and other international borders,” a police officer said. The specific inputs also reveal that two suspected LeT operatives, Dujana and Ukasha, will be leading the alleged operation.

The special cell has alerted its sources across India, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir, to launch technical surveillance.

Qasmi was a resident of Iliyasnagar in Bengaluru’s Banashankari 2nd Stage. Qasmi was a cleric at a mosque in Banshankari and had moved to Iliyasnagar last month. He was picked up from his friend’s house at 9.30 pm on Wednesday. On Thursday, a court remanded Qasmi in police custody till January 20.

In July 2015, the special cell had also registered an FIR against unknown persons suspected to be associated with extremist militant group Islamic State (IS) and allegedly conspiring terror attacks in the capital and other cities. In August, the police had also detained a 50-year-old man from outside Iraqi embassy at south Delhi’s Sri Aurobindo Marg over suspected links with Islamic State.

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  1. Dear readers,
    Dear readers,

    Fact-finding team visit Sambhal; alleges police implicate Zafar and Asif in false terror case

    The fact finding team, comprising civil society members, journalists and lawyers, met the family members of Mohammad Asif and Zafar Masood son of Masood-ul-Hasan as well as local social and political leaders on Tuesday to find out truths behind the fresh spate of arrest of Muslim youth in the name of Al-Qaeda and Islamic State (ISIL).
    Team members including, Rihai Manch spokesperson Rajiv Yadav, Samkaleen magazine journalist Abhishek Srivastav, Delhi High Court lawyer Anand Mishra, activist Salim Baig, Riahi Manch leaders Sharad Jaiswal, Anil Yadav and Pananani Anand met a cross-section of society in the town and came to conclusion that police version had gaping holes.

    Delhi police which falls under the Central Home ministry busy framing Muslims of India in falls terror cases. This is the same ministry asked the High court prosecutor to ‘GO SLOW’ on saffron terror despite the strong connections. In BJP ruled states PIL has been rejected when the number of Muslims held without charges.In many cases young Muslim educated youths are picked and tortured and later acquitted ruing there careers forever without any compensation.It may be Hubli terror plot,Akshardham temple or Hizbul operative in Kashmir has turned to be false.

    Akshardham terror case: Acquitted demand compensation

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    In other hand government is too lenient in Jhabua blast which killed more than 100 innocents despite all finger pointed towards RSS. Swami Aseemanand’s is on bail even after the confession before trial.

    The government has full rights to ensure the safety of its citizens concerning the internal security of nation. What about those suspects careers acquitted in false terror cases?

    The real story behind the fake Hubli Terror Conspiracy
    Seventeen Muslim youths, some medical and engineering students, were recently acquitted by a Hubli court of terror charges. But how did they get accused in the first place?

    When Fake encounter is still being proven in Gujarat,Delhi and Rajasthan,more and more innocents are being implicated in false charges.

    Jai Hind

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