MUMBAI: Following the declaration of Zakir Naik’s NGO ‘Islamic Research Foundation’ as unlawful by the Central government under the unlawful activities prevention Act, the National Investigation Agency has on Saturday conducted raids at ten Islamic Research Foundation’s (IRF) premises the controversial preacher’s in Mumbai.
The investigation agency has on Friday registered a FIR against Zakir Naik under sections 10,13,18 of UAPA and section 153A of Indian penal code.
The NIA has raided ten premises of the IRF starting early on Saturday morning with the help of the local police. The Mumbai police have also registered additional cases against Zakir Naik under the Unlawful activities Prevention act, following the official ban on IRF by the Central government.
Zakir Naik and his NGO has come under the scanner of various security agencies after the Bangladesh media reported that one of the accused involved in the Dhaka blasts, has reportedly posted on social media that he was inspired by Zakir Naik’s speeches. In another instance, some of the youths, who left Mumbai to join the Islamic State have admitted that they have been inspired by Zakir Naik’s programs on Peace TV.
The Central government is of the opinion that there exists a dubious relation between Zakir Naik’s NGO Islamic research organization and International Islamic channel Peace TV. Sources said that the government wants to enquire through the NIA on whether Naik has utilized the foreign funds intended for his NGO to promote objectionable programs on Peace TV.
The Controversial preacher has been accused of promoting anti-social activities by motivating youth to become terrorists and fight for the ISIS. He was also alleged of making derogatory comments on other religions. The evidence on such programs have been collected by the NIA and a case has been registered as per the law.
Zakir Naik’s Peace TV programs were already banned in the UK, Canada, and Malaysia before Bangladesh highlighting the issue. Naik is currently out of the country, apparently to escape arrest.