Following the Holey Artisan restaurant attack in Dhaka, Bangladesh said that two of the five terrorists followed controversial Indian Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. Now, according to TOI
, India’s National Investigative Agency (NIA) has started compiling information on Naik to see if he has indeed spoken in support of terrorism in any of his speeches. Reports say that the NIA might question him upon his return from Saudi Arabia on July 11.
Indian MoS Home Kiren Rijiju had late on Wednesday said that India will consider a ban on the controversial preacher if Dhaka requested.
But the minister added that a decision on the ban was a “matter of law” and the agencies concerned will take “appropriate action”.
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However, he also highlighted the fact that Bangladesh and India have been closely working together for years now.
On the same day, Shiv Sena too urged the Indian government to ban the preacher. Sena
Arvind Sawant, the party’s MP from South Mumbai, wrote to Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking a ban on Naik and his Mumbai-based organisation, the Islamic Research Foundation.
Naik has, however, condemned the Dhaka attack and told Indian Express
that the Islamic State is actually an anti-Islamic State.