ABDUS SAMI Qasmi, the cleric from Delhi who is the 20th suspected Islamic State (IS) sympathiser arrested by National Investigation Agency (NIA) and charged with conspiracy to form a terror organisation and launch terror attacks in the country, had unsucessfully contested the 2007 UP Assembly elections from Suar Tanda constituency in Rampur.
Qasmi, who is presently in 10-day police custody, had contested the polls in the name of Shamiullah and had got 699 votes. His younger brother Saheed Ahmed, a farmer, said, “He changed his name to Abdus Sami Qasmi while studying at Darul Uloom Deoband. In all his documents, his name is Shamiullah. He contested the 2007 Assembly polls as a candidate of Uttar Pradesh United Democratic Front.” Investigating agencies have confirmed that Qasmi had contested the polls.
Qasmi’s younger brothers — Saheed Ahmed and advocate Nafees Ahmed — still live with their mother Noor Jahan at their ancestral house in Rampur’s Hareta village. The family said Qasmi and his wife moved to Delhi around 12 years ago. They have four children.
His brother Saheed said Qasmi started teaching at a madrasa in Rampur after completing his education and then later in Moradabad before moving to Delhi.
“He used to take part in district-level political activities. He has good ties with many political leaders,” said Saheed