Govt to examine Zakir Naik ‘link’ in Dhaka attack

Naik has maintained that he has always “unequivocally condemned” acts of terrorism and the killing of innocent civilians, whether it was New York (9/11), London (7/7) or Mumbai (26/11).

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:July 6, 2016 2:52 am
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After it emerged that Rohan Imtiaz, one of the terrorists in the attack at Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka, was inspired by controversial Islamic preacher and Mumbai-based tele-evangelist Zakir Naik, government sources Tuesday said that “the matter would have to be examined further” before deciding whether any action against him was warranted.

“We will have to examine the matter further before a call can be taken on whether any legal action is warranted against him (Naik). It is a highly sensitive issue, and there must be strong legal basis that will hold good in a court for any action,” a government source said.

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“While certain organisations can be designated and banned under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, currently there are no provisions to ban individuals,” the source said.

The government, incidentally, has been planning to amend the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) to introduce a clause that would allow it to designate individuals along with terror organisations under the “banned list of entities.” The amendment would seek to include the case of an individual not associated with a terrorist organisation but involved in a terror offence. Rohan, son of an Awami League leader, was shot dead at the end of the 11-hour hostage crisis. He had quoted Naik in a Facebook post last year allegedly urging all Muslims to be terrorists.

Naik has maintained that he has always “unequivocally condemned” acts of terrorism and the killing of innocent civilians, whether it was New York (9/11), London (7/7) or Mumbai (26/11). The founder of Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation, Naik has been banned in UK and Canada for alleged hate speech, and is among 16 banned Islamic scholars in Malaysia. He is popular in Bangladesh through his ‘Peace TV’ channel.

Among the nine Twitter accounts followed by Nibras Islam, another of the six Dhaka gunmen, was @ShamiWitness, operated from Bengaluru by Mehdi Masroor Biswas, who was arrested on December 13, 2014. Nibras followed controversial preacher Anjem Choudary’s account.

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    Abel
    Jul 8, 2016 at 6:35 pm
    wow! Why so much venom? You must be feeling logically defeated by this man. People like you are the one to be banned for using dirty words to discribe others.
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      Abby
      Jul 6, 2016 at 8:48 am
      His total show is staged, he is full of garbage, to him is only Allah, the stooges listening to him had very little brain and easy to brain wash. He direct people that believe in him to follow Islam at all cost and promise a better alter life, how can he do that, it is mention in the Quran that a lot of Allegoric is used to illustrate, nothing mentioned can be proved, just like Moses and the Jews having been in Egypt.
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        Desert Monk
        Jul 6, 2016 at 5:46 am
        9/11 and 7/7 are inside jobs. It was his views and freely available on YouTube. His talk shows are puppets show where large number of congregations are filled by Muslims. David Wood asked Zakir to debate Islam with him, Zakir always ran away. He may try for his life long, but he can't prove that Islam or his prophet is mentioned in Vedic scriptures.
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          Markandeswar Panda
          Jul 6, 2016 at 1:52 am
          I have no doubt about his scholarship in Islam and the Holy Quran. He can also quote selected pages from the Gita and Vedas, but his interpretations of the verses are always to denigrate another religion. While God remains a mystery for the very intelligent beings, it always seems easy to find the God for the fraction of people who blindly or forced to follow it. Religious differences are always unsolvable, but the solution becomes one of hate and revenge when combined with politics.
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            Arif
            Jul 6, 2016 at 12:04 am
            Disgusting article now I know media is become hampfull for society if you have questions take dr.naik to deabite chaddi nekal dega tumara
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              gyaneshwar
              Jul 6, 2016 at 5:48 am
              Ban these MOFU's all these so called Islamic Imams and clerics and scholarsjudging by whats going on in this world on an every day basis all these islamic Brainwashers out to be taken out he should go try to preach in Russia China or N Korea.He will disappear from the face of the earth however only Liberal Democracies allow this kind of BS India US included.
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                Dreamsneednolabel
                Jul 5, 2016 at 9:41 pm
                Time has come to strictly monitor and censor religious programmes in TV. Nayak has done a lot of harm over the years.
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                  Israr Sayed
                  Jul 6, 2016 at 12:42 am
                  Every programm of his, is followed by open question and answer session.Why nobody till today raised question about his integrity.
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                    Israr Sayed
                    Jul 6, 2016 at 12:30 am
                    Every speech of Dr.Zakir Naik is public.Full of Hindu/Christian Guests,right from Stage to Audiance.His most applauded speech is "Similarities Between Hinduism and Islam",held at Mumbai.Thousands of people across all communities.Program was started with Shlokas of Vedas.Arya Samaj Preists recited the Shlokas.
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