New Delhi, Jan 8: The investigations that are being conducted by the Delhi police which arrested a Bengaluru based cleric yesterday suggests that he had many leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party on his hit list.
A Delhi police official part of the investigation informed OneIndia that during the questioning, the cleric Syed Anzar Shah Qasmi is reported to have said that there was a hit list of BJP leaders.
He was picked up from Ilyasnagar in Bengaluru by the Delhi police. He was produced before the Patiala House court which has remanded him to police custody till January 20th. [Bengaluru cleric: A motor mouth or al-Qaeda sympathiser?]
The Delhi police arrested on the suspicion that he was propagating on behalf of the al-Qaeda in the sub-continent. The Delhi police say that they are still probing his links to the al-Qaeda.
However, those who know Qasmi say that he was a loose cannon. He was a cleric at a Mosque in Banashankari and around 2 weeks back moved to Ilyasnagar. He was notorious for his fiery speeches. In all the speeches he used to propagate the Sharia law. [Al-Qaeda terrorist held in Bengaluru]
The Delhi police is probing a case relating to the presence of the AQIS. First they had arrested two persons from Uttar Pradesh and followed this up with the arrest of a cleric from Odisha. The Delhi police suggest that these persons are inter-linked.