NIA starts removing online contents of Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation

After the Centre recently banned IRF for five years, its website was blocked by authorities.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Updated: November 21, 2016 7:06 pm
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The National Investigation Agency on Monday began the process of removing the online contents of banned Islamic Research Foundation, including alleged hate speeches by its founder Zakir Naik, even as it continued searches at the IRF’s premises, an official said. “As part of investigation, all actions that need to be taken against a proscribed organisation, including banning of its online activities, are being undertaken,” an NIA spokesperson told PTI.

After the Centre recently banned IRF for five years, its website was blocked by authorities. “We have started our process to remove online content which is available on internet, social media sites related to IRF which includes hate speeches of its founder and Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik,” the official said.

Search operation is still going on at the IRF offices and premises as well as that of Harmony Media Pvt Ltd, from where the programmes were being aired on Naik’s Peace TV, the official said.

However, he declined to divulge further details. The NIA had on Saturday (November 19) carried out searches on 10 premises of the IRF in Mumbai after registering a case against Zakir Naik and others under an anti-terror law.

The agency had seized Rs 12 lakh cash and incriminating documents, files as well as electronic storage devices, during searches on various premises, including IRF’s head office.

The NIA had earlier registered an offence against IRF founder-president and controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik and his associates for “promoting” enmity and hatred between religious groups through his public speeches and lectures on various platforms.

As per a statement released earlier, Naik and his associates were responsible for inciting Muslim youths and terrorists in India and abroad to commit unlawful activities and terrorist acts.

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First Published on: November 21, 2016 6:35 pm
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    Ikok
    Nov 21, 2016 at 3:04 pm
    This is why stan was created.. I have never seen any video or heard a lecture which preaches hate.. but the radicals thoes who do not even level with their own religion followers caste filthy arguments.. Secular India now RADICALIZED...RACIST COUNTRY
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      SIML
      Nov 21, 2016 at 3:14 pm
      There are more hidden Zakirs,they need to be spotted and dealt with alongewith their supporters who always think I'll of the country.Some politicians taking advantage of the situation needs a proper dose also fro nationalist forces.
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        Ajitdada
        Nov 21, 2016 at 3:18 pm
        Zakir Naik and his masters will stew in their ideology. He is never going to return to India for sure and constantly watched over by spies.
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          JosephSten
          Nov 22, 2016 at 6:21 pm
          Zakir Naik did not attend his Father - Abdul Naik's death on October 30th in India !!! And some people still have a doubt that this guy is hiding something. Meanwhile, He has also fled Saudi Arabia now in the fear of being deported back to India and is somewhere in Africa, According to Saudi Newspaper - Khaleej Times.
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            Gori Mohamed
            Nov 23, 2016 at 3:18 am
            If any human being listens to any of Dr. Zakir Naik's Speeches with open minded, surely He/She will support him. He never encouraged terrorism. In fact , He Pra for our PM Mr. Modi , " O Allah please show him the right path (Hidayath), So there will be No strong or weak evidence against Dr Zakir Naik. Al Quran Says in Chapter 3 verse 54lt;br/gt;"And (the unbelievers) plotted and planned, and Allah too planned, and the best of planners is Allah."
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              Gori Mohamed
              Nov 23, 2016 at 3:17 am
              If any human listens any of to Dr. Zakir Naik's Speeches with open minded, surely He/She will support him. He never encouraged terrorism. In fact , He Pra for our PM Mr. Modi , " O Allah please show him the right path (Hidayath), So there will be No strong or weak evidence against Dr Zakir Naik. Al Quran Says in Chapter 3 verse 54lt;br/gt;"And (the unbelievers) plotted and planned, and Allah too planned, and the best of planners is Allah."
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                Gori Mohamed
                Nov 23, 2016 at 3:15 am
                if any human listens any of to Dr. Zakir Naik's Speeches with open minded, surely He/She will support him. He never encouraged terrorism. In fact , He Pra for our PM Mr. Modi , " O Allah please show him the right path (Hidayath), So there is will No strong or weak evidence against Dr Zakir Naik. Al Quran Says in Chapter 3 verse 54 lt;br/gt;"And (the unbelievers) plotted and planned, and Allah too planned, and the best of planners is Allah."
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                  A. M.
                  Nov 21, 2016 at 4:55 pm
                  Do whatever you and your sanghi communal govt can do, nothing will be achieved.
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                    Johan
                    Nov 21, 2016 at 2:37 pm
                    Neither Quraanic verse nor hadith is corect ,lt;br/gt;false post
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                      Dr Harry
                      Nov 21, 2016 at 7:56 pm
                      Would any Hindu get away with converting Muzzie in any Muzzie nation?
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                        Mohammed Talmeez
                        Nov 22, 2016 at 7:21 am
                        For your Kind Information India is not a Hindu Country. India is a secular country and gives birth right to its citizens to peach propagate and practise the religion of it's choice. Dr. Zakir Naik was just using his fundamental right of Propagating his religion. Which he was doing it from past 25 years.
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                          Naser
                          Nov 21, 2016 at 5:14 pm
                          You may have power but its temporary and imagine your state when stand infront of Allah for the accusing innocents.
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                            Love Others
                            Nov 21, 2016 at 6:00 pm
                            There is no such thing called Allah. It is highly misunderstood in Islam. Z Naik is innocent but teaching incorrect and telling other religion are less. It is not true. Although I abhor all religions because all are cults and all are incorrect.
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                              Nauman Mufti
                              Nov 22, 2016 at 6:11 am
                              There is no rule of law in India....no shred of proof against Dr. Zakir Naik and they just ban it for 5 years. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The Modi government is the real terrorist here. They censor, and ridicule anyone who stands against them. Dr. Naik had challenged them to prove their allegations in court. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Moreover the Modi government is just covering up its incompetence in destroying India in their ic note scandal. They have TERRORIZED INDIA!
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                                nik
                                Nov 21, 2016 at 5:36 pm
                                All Muslim and Christian majority countries in the world should make a note of how Muslims and Christians are being abused in Hindu majority India.
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                                  nik
                                  Nov 21, 2016 at 5:33 pm
                                  Dr. Zakir Naik is being framed by Hindu extremist party BJP because they can not stand Hindus accepting Islam out of of their free will.
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                                    nik
                                    Nov 21, 2016 at 5:34 pm
                                    Dr. Zakir Naik should seek asylum and file a case against Hindu extremist party BJP in the international court.
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                                      nik
                                      Nov 21, 2016 at 5:39 pm
                                      Fact is, while we know extremist Hindu right wingers are trying their to frame Dr,. Zakir Naik none of the moderate hindus have stood up against this injustice. Says a lot about where the country is heading.
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                                        Ram Sekhar
                                        Nov 21, 2016 at 9:32 pm
                                        Stay deluded, it feels good.
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                                          Ram Sekhar
                                          Nov 21, 2016 at 9:31 pm
                                          Very well put. Though an intentional perpetrator, through touching individuals' behavior at the meta level, he managed to cleverly stay out of trouble.
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                                            Ravish Upadhay
                                            Nov 22, 2016 at 8:05 am
                                            NIA will fall and fail.Dr zakky will win
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