The Maulana reportedly has a history of giving controversial speeches.
Image: Maulana Anzar Shah, Slave of Allah/ Youtube

A Bengaluru-based Muslim religious leader was arrested by Delhi Police Special Cell on January 6 for the making inflammatory speeches and forging links with Islamic fundamentalist terrorist organisation in Pakistan.

Maulana Anzar Shah from Banashankari in Bengaluru was taken to Delhi on a transit remand and presented before magistrate on Thursday, reported Times of India.

Reports state that Shah, who is the fourth suspect arrested in the operation against al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), will be interrogated at Special Cell’s headquarters in Delhi.  

AQIS is the recently created branch of the terror group. Shah’s connections with the ISI are also being probed, reported TOI.

According to sources in the Intelligence Bureau, Shah was reportedly roped in by a Pakistan-based mufti with whom he stayed constant touch, reported TOI.

The Maulana, who studied at Darul Uloom, Deoband, reportedly has a history of giving controversial speeches.

Shah was once asked to leave the Tilaknagar mosque in Bengaluru, where he was employed, after he delivered a speech derogatory to women, reported TOI. Despite this, he is said to have followers in Bengaluru.

Shah has reportedly been under the scanner of intelligence agencies, who kept a watch over his provocative speeches to youngsters.

Sources told TOI that he had lost two jobs due to his controversial speeches, which were not welcome by the mosque authorities.

Shah who is the fourth suspect to be nabbed was tipped off by two AQIS operatives Zafar Masod and Abdul Rehman. They reported revealed that they had been in touch with the religious leader through VoIP, reported the newspaper.

The recruitment and training head of AQIS, Mohammed Asif had also reportedly met Shah during a religious meet in the city. He had asked Shah to act as a sleeper cell for the AQIS and to provide logistics after being contacted by the terror group. The police reportedly have proof of the financial transactions between Shah and the AQIS members, reported TOI

This is an aggregated report from Times of India