NIA removes online contents of IRF, including Zakir Naik’s alleged hate speeches

NIA recently conducted raid at 10 premises of the banned Islamic Research Foundation in Mumbai

After blocking the website of controversial preacher Zakir Naik, the National Investigation Agency is reportedly removing online contents of banned Islamic Research Foundation (IRF).

Reports revealed that the NIA’s move includes the removal of alleged hate speeches of IRF founder Zakir Naik.

The Government of India recently banned the NGO for five years with immediate effect after the Union Cabinet decided to declare it as an outlawed organisation under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

Meanwhile, NIA officials along with teams of Mumbai police had conducted raid at 10 premises of IRF in Mumbai on Saturday.

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.

The government on Thursday alleged 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.

Naik came under the scanner of the security agencies after Bangladeshi newspaper ‘Daily Star’ reported that one of the perpetrators of the July 1 terror attack in Dhaka, Rohan Imtiaz, ran propaganda on Facebook last year quoting Naik.

The decision to ban IRF came after different investigations reportedly found Naik to be “involved” in utilising funds meant for his NGOs for alleged radicalisation of youths and “inspiring” them into terror activities, official sources said.