Zakir Naik’s Mumbai office surrounded by police as ‘precautionary measure’

MUMBAI: Indian police officials were deployed outside the office of Islamic preacher and scholar Zakir Naik on Thusrday, Indian media reported.


A Bangladeshi newspaper, earlier reported that Rohan Imtiaz, one of the five suspected militants involved in the recent Dhaka bloodbath, ran a propaganda campaign on Facebook last year quoting Naik’s speech on Peace TV.

Indian Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju earlier this week said “Zakir Naik’s speech is a matter of concern for us. Our agencies are working on this. But as a minister, I will not comment what action will be taken,” according to an Indian media report.

Security personnel have been deployed outside Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation office in Mumbai as a ‘precautionary measure’, a senior Mumbai police official said.

“We have neither received any threat perception nor particular instructions from the state or Central government. We have deployed our forces only as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident,” he said.

Naik, who has in the past advocated that “every Muslim should be a terrorist”, was banned from entry into the United Kingdom in 2010.


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