05/03/2016 2:13 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

NIA Extends Judicial Custody Of IS Suspects Till 30 March


NEW DELHI -- The National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Saturday extended the judicial custody of Islamic State suspects Mufti Abdus Sami Qasmi and Azhar Iqbal till 30 March.

Qasmi, a Delhi-based Islamic scholar, known for his fiery speeches, was arrested on 5 February from Uttar Pradesh's Hardoi District.

The NIA has claimed that Qasmi had been 'delivering provocative and inflammatory speeches and was instigating youth for anti-national activities'.

While other suspect 23-year-old Azhar Iqbal was arrested from Bhopal on 1 February by the NIA.

According to the agency, Iqbal was allegedly in the higher category of members of the group -Junoon al Khilafae-Hind, as he was tasked with finding new recruits.

It is learnt that he was in touch with Yusuf al-Hindi alias Shafi Armar, who was an Indian Mujahideen member but shifted to the IS- held areas in Syria and Iraq.

Iqbal knew at least two of the four suspects arrested by the Delhi police from Uttarakhand a few weeks back.

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