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Naik's Speech is a Concern; Probe Agencies Are Doing Their Job, Says Rijiju

File photo of Zakir Naik, President of Islamic Research Foundation (IRF).

File photo of Zakir Naik, President of Islamic Research Foundation (IRF).

Naik will address a press conference to present his view over recent allegations against him.

New Delhi: Islamic scholar and controversial preacher Zakir Naik could be questioned by the Indian intelligence officials after it was found that the terrorists who attacked the Holey Artisan Bakery and killed 20 people in Dhaka were inspired by his speeches.

Media reports in Bangladesh recently claimed that two of the terrorists out of five – Rohan Imtiaz and Nibras Islam – were inspired by his speech.

On the context of Naik, Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju while expressing concern over his speech, said, "The Indian agencies are working on it and doing their job."

"Naik's speech is a matter of concern for us. Our agencies are working on this. But as a minister, I will not comment what action will be taken," he said.

Rijiju said India has good relations and mutual understanding with Bangladesh, especially in the matter of co-operation on fighting terrorism.

"Terror can be defeated only through close coordination and by fighting together (against it)," he said.

Bangladeshi newspaper 'Daily Star' had reported that militant Rohan Imtiaz, son of an Awami League leader, ran propaganda on Facebook in 2015 quoting Naik.

Naik is not in Mumbai and he is set to return on July 11. He will address a press conference to present his view over recent allegations against him.

Naik, a popular but controversial Islamic orator and founder of Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation, is banned in the UK and Canada for his hate speech aimed against other religions.

He is among 16 banned Islamic scholars in Malaysia.

He is hugely popular in Bangladesh through his Peace TV, although his preaching often demeans other religions and even other Muslim sects, the report said.

(With PTI inputs)
first published:July 06, 2016, 17:24 IST