Crackdown against Zakir Naik’s foundation displays Centre’s zero tolerance towards terrorism: BJP
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday claimed that the Centre has displayed zero tolerance against terrorism. The party’s remark came after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted raids at 10 premises of the Zakir Naik’s NGO, Islamic Research Foundation, in Mumbai, media reports said.
BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said: “If the government has gone ahead as per the legal framework available. Taken any action, I can’t see any reason why anyone would like to find fault with such action being taken specially in regard to national interest.”
“People would like to see on the side of national interest, on the side of humanity, against terrorism or any kind of thought that promotes it directly or indirectly kind of violence thinking,” Kohli added.
Meanwhile, Mobin Solkar, the counsel for controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, said the case filed by the National Investigative Agency (NIA) against his client under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) is illegal, as the Supreme Court, earlier granted a stay in a similar case, and hence, any fresh complaint on the same grounds would stand void.
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra also said “all these yesterdays and all these months preceded, there were investigations done in this regard and today as per the promise of the government that zero tolerance against terrorism and India should move in a peaceful direction. Whatever is being done is a welcome sign.”
Earlier in the day, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials along with teams of Mumbai police conducted raid at 10 premises of controversial preacher Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation(IRF) in Mumbai. The search operations are still under way at IRF premises.
On Friday, the NIA had filed an FIR against the controversial Islamic preacher for allegedly involving in unlawful activities and inciting hatred among religious communities through speeches. A case has also been registered against Zakir Naik and others on Friday under 10,13,18 of UAPA and section 153A of IPC.
Earlier this week, the Government had banned Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) for allegedly being associated with terrorist activities.