Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik all set to return to India today

Reports said Naik will also address the media in Mumbai tomorrow, amid probes into his controversial activities by multiple agencies.

By Deepak Nagpal | Last Updated: Jul 11, 2016, 09:09 AM IST
Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik all set to return to India today

New Delhi: Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, who has been in news ever since it emerged that two of the Dhaka attack terrorists were inspired by him, will be returning to India on Monday from Saudi Arabia.

Reports said Naik will also address the media in Mumbai tomorrow, amid probes into his controversial activities by multiple agencies.

It is also being reported that Naik will be summoned by the Mumbai Police as well as the National Investigation Agency (NIA) upon his return.

Further, The Indian Express reported today citing sources that he will be constantly monitored by various central and state intelligence as well as counter-terrorism agencies after he lands at the Mumbai airport today.

 

Security has also been tightened in Mumbai as different groups are likely to hold protests as well as marches in his support.

Further, policemen have been posted outside the Mumbai office of the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), a charitable organisation founded by Naik.

A television channel run by Naik, a televangelist, has already been banned by the Bangladesh government.

'Peace TV' has also come under the scanner of the Indian government with ministers saying it had no license to downlink in India.

The focus of probes by multiple agencies are Naik's speeches and videos in which he is alleged to have advocated Muslims to take up terrorism.

The Mumbai-based preacher has, however, denied asking Muslims to resort to terrorism, saying no innocent person should be killed.

Naik has also described the Islamic State terror group as “un-Islamic”.

It may be recalled that the Islamic State had claimed responsibility for the recent terror attack in Dhaka where hostages were held and killed at a popular cafe in the Bangladeshi capital's diplomatic zone.