On the fifth day of its crackdown on controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s NGO Islamic Rsearch Foundation, the National Investigative Agency on Wednesday wrote to banks asking them to freeze accounts of the banned NGO and Zakir Naik. It has also written to the Home Ministry for blocking websites and other online activities of Zakir Naik and IRF.
In the past four days, NIA has carried out several raids and search operations at around 20 premises of Naik’s outfit. The officials said they are decipherin ‘hate’ speeches of Naik by listening to audio and video records. The investigative agency has also seized some incriminating documents and some files in yesterday’s search operation, adding that the analysis of documents on financial transactions of IRF, including foreign funding and documents related to property details of Naik, is in progress.
During the search operations, video tapes and DVDs of Naik’s public speeches, documents related to property and investment, financial transactions, foreign and domestic funding of the proscribed IRF as well as its associated
companies, and electronic storage devices have been recovered, an NIA release said.
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