How the Qaeda-linked Bengaluru Preacher Wove A Web of Hate

How the Qaeda-linked Bengaluru Preacher Wove A Web of Hate

Submitted by Editor on Fri, 2016-01-08 20:30 Bengaluru: Syed Anzar Shah Qasmi, who was arrested by Delhi police on Wednesday night on the charges of facilitating Al-Qaeda in India was running a website for his indoctrination and radicalisation work.Sources in Bengaluru police said 50-year-old Qasmi was a popular among the radical groups and running a website named www.syedanzarshahqasmi.in out of the city.The sources said the website was registered in the name of a mosque situated in Jayanagar area in the name of Moulana Anzar Shah. However, the website was being handled by some of his associates in Mumbai. The police said that the website was maintained by some private service providers situated in GK Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai.Qasmi said to have using his website for connecting likeminded people in to his network. Now, the police are ascertaining the facts to find out the technical support team of his website and their backgrounds.Meanwhile, the Delhi police have blocked the website and trying to decode messages on it.Police said that the suspected has also links with Islamic scholar Dr Zakir Naik and Qasmi is known for his firebrand speeches in Bengaluru, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. He was earlier into radicalisation and recently started indoctrination and facilitating terror groups. He used to brainwash little-educated Muslim youngsters.Qasmi is alleged to have links with sleeper sells of LeT and al-Qaeda in Maharashtra and other places in the country. Bengaluru police, who kept under watch for four years, once warned him for giving radical speeches at his area Iliyas Nagar in Banashankari in the city.Several Muslim leaders had advised Qasmi not to involve in such activities and also informed local police on him several times, police said. His family has also deserted him and he was not in touch with local people, police added.* Qasmi was arrested after Delhi police interrogated two terror suspects, Mohammed Asif and Abdul Rahman in West Bengal.* He is said to have helped to send a Hyderabad resident to Pakistan for training.* Qasmi was preacher at Makkah mosque in Banashankari for the past four years. He shifted to Ilyas Nagar a month ago.