Govt moves to ban Zakir Naik’s NGO under strict anti-terror law
The centre government has decided to declare Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), NGO of the controversial tele-evangelist Zakir Naik, an ‘unlawful organisation’ under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), Times of India has reported.
The Home Ministry is preparing a draft Cabinet note through which the government plans to declare the Islamic Research Foundation an ‘unlawful association’.
A ministry official told the newspaper that the government has discovered links between the NGO and Peace TV, an Islamic channel that supports and promotes terrorism. The draft note that is being prepared by the ministry states that Naik made several provocative speeches, and has been involved in terror propaganda.
The note is based on information provided by the Maharashtra Police, who has also registered a criminal case against Naik. The Islamic preacher has been accused of radicalising youths and luring them into terror activities. He has reportedly hailed slain al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in his speeches.
Police in Maharashtra and Odisha have registered criminal cases against Naik for his alleged involvement in radicalisation of youths and luring them into terror activities, the report said.
According to the report, he is also accused of transferring funds to Peace TV to make “objectionable programmes”. In his speeches, he has reportedly “urged all Muslims to be terrorists”. The Home Ministry is also looking into two educational trusts run by Naik.
Zakir Naik has been under severe government scrutiny ever since allegations arose that he had inspired one of the terrorists behind the Dhaka restaurant attack on July 1.