Thorough investigation will be done: HM on Zakir Naik

RSTV Bureau
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Amidst allegations that Islamist preacher Zakir Naik was involved in making hate speeches, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that CDs of his speeches are being examined for necessary action.

“We have taken cognisance of Zakir Naik’s speeches and have given necessary instructions for a probe. A thorough investigation will be done. CDs of his speeches are being examined,” Home Minister told reporters on Friday.

Saying that Modi government will not compromise on terrorism at any cost, Rajnath said ‘whatever is justified will be done.’

Mumbai-based Naik has come under the scanner after it was reported that his speeches have inspired some of the Dhaka cafe attackers.

Maharashtra government has already ordered a probe into the speeches made by the Zakir Naik.

“I have asked the Mumbai Police Commissioner to conduct a probe (into Naik’s speeches) and submit a report,” said the Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis.

Maharashtra government has initiated scrutiny of Naik’s speeches, his social media accounts and sources of funding of a foundation run by him in Mumbai.

File Photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

File Photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

However, Zakir Naik refuted charges and said he “disagrees” that he inspired the act of killing innocent people in Dhaka.

“There is not a single talk of mine where I encouraged one to kill another, whether Muslim or non-Muslim,” said Nailk.

Calling Naik’s speeches highly objectionable, new Information and Broadcasting Minister, M Venkaiah Naidu said that government will take necessary action.

“Home Ministry will study his speeches. It will take appropriate action after studying them,” said Venkaiah.

BJP has demanded action against Naik, saying he was a “threat” to national security as it was clear from his speeches that he “incited” people.

BJP ally Shiv Sena too demanded a strong action against Naik.

“People whose language propagates violence against the nation’s unity should be banned,” said the party in a letter.

Naik’s speeches are believed to have inspired some of the Bangladeshi militants, who killed 22 people, mostly foreigners, at an upscale restaurant in Dhaka last Friday.