Zakir a terror suspect, not being targeted over religion: NIA to Interpol

Agencies/New Delhi
September 9, 2017 NATIONAL 211 Views

Contesting Zakir Naik’s charge that he was being targeted as part of religious persecution of minorities in India, the National Investigation Agency has written to the Interpol calling the controversial televangelist a ‘terror suspect’, who not only radicalised Muslim youth through his inflammatory speeches but also spread hatred among different religions.
In a detailed response to Naik’s letter to Interpol last month, NIA has informed the international police agency that evidence of the Islamic preacher’s involvement in acts that violate Indian law are “very strong” and he is under investigation for funding terror suspects through his organisation.
“Having radicalised Muslim youth for years through his speeches, Naik has not presented himself before us despite several summons/warrants and his passport has been revoked by the Regional Passport Office in Mumbai,” NIA wrote in its response to Interpol.
Asserting that terror charges against the Islamic preacher who came under the scanner following the Dhaka Holey Artisan bakery attack on July 1, 2016, are of ‘serious nature’, NIA has added Naik’s NGO – Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) was banned by the government for anti-national activities. The ban has been upheld by the designated tribunal, it said. It further informed that Naik also funded few terror suspects through his NGO,while requesting it to issue a red corner notice against him so that he can be tracked abroad and extradited to India. Naik had approached Interpol in August second week arguing that the RCN against him shouldn’t be issued since Indian agencies were unfairly targeting him because he was a Muslim.(ToI)

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