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Postn Zakir Naik Row, Mufti Sami’s sites and blogs blocked – Economic Times (blog)

Mufti Abdus Sami's blogs are banned by NIA.Mufti Abdus Sami’s blogs are banned by NIA.
NEW DELHI: After the controversy surrounding radical evangelist Zakir Naik, the government is cracking down on Islamic preachers and has recently blocked three websites and blogs hosted by fiery preacher Mufti Abdus Sami (46), who was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) early this year.

Sami, a native of Rampur in Uttar Pradesh, is a pro-IS cleric who delivered bayans (lectures) that led to radicalisation of nearly two dozen youths in Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai and UP.

He also started websites-muftiabdussamiqasmi. in, abdussamiqasmiblogspot. in and tamireummat. com that supported the Islamic State (IS)-led caliphate.

On the lines of Naik, Sami too posted videos of his lectures on youtube which advocated migration to Syria, Iraq and Yemen, said an official on the condition of anonymity.

While the agencies have initiated a process to block these URLs, some of his lectures can still be viewed.

He also operated a twitter account, the details of which are being gathered by the NIA.

Sami started uploading his speeches on a website ittaqullah. com with the help of one of his followers in 2013.

“He used to send his speeches by email to his followers who then uploaded them on websites which were open to everyone. In 2014, he started his own website muftiabdussamiqasmi.in. Sami was also part of numerous pro-IS Whatsapp groups,” a senior government official told ET.

Post Zakir Naik row, Mufti Sami’s sites and blogs blocked Sami’s Facebook account, however, does not contain any provocative material and most of the chats are normal in nature.

“We have so far not found any incriminating aspect in his chat history,” the official said. According to NIA, Sami had travelled to Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat and several others states on invitation where he promoted the activities of IS and supported the caliphate of Baghdadi.

He also encouraged youngsters from these places to travel to Syria to fight along the ISIS. He also promoted radical thoughts and encouraged people do give a portion of their income as ‘zakat’ (donation).

Investigations further revealed that Sami owns a residential complex at Jafarabad in New Delhi, three plots in Patna, one of which is in the name of his wife, another plot at Hapur that is being used for construction of a mosque.

Sami claimed that he and his wife opened close to half-a-dozen bank accounts that used to receive foreign donations and for transfer of money collected from lectures.

A senior intelligence bureau official told ET that the case of Sami may be just the tip of the iceberg.

The agency is keeping close tabs on many such radical preachers and their use of the social media to induct and indoctrinate impressionable youths.

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