NIA, local police raid Zakir Naik's Islamic Research Foundation premises in Mumbai

The search operations is conducted along with Mumbai Police and operations are still under way at IRF premises.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials along with teams of Mumbai police on Saturday 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.

The government on Thursday said the controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik has been extolling Osama Bin Laden's views, proclaiming that every Muslim should be a terrorist and claiming that if Islam had indeed wanted 80 per cent of Indians would not have remained Hindus.

Justifying the ban imposed on his Naik's Islamic Research Foundation, the Home Ministry, in a gazette notification, said the IRF and its members, particularly, the founder and its President Zakir Naik, has been encouraging and aiding its followers to promote or attempt to promote, on grounds of religion, disharmony or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between different religious communities.

The notification said the central government has received information that the statements and speeches made by Zakir Naik, the President of IRF are objectionable and subversive in nature as he has been extolling the known terrorists like Osama Bin Laden.