Zakir Naik’s speeches: Government has taken cognizance; necessary instructions issued, says Rajnath Singh

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Published: July 8, 2016 11:13:41 AM

Zakir Naik's speeches: Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said that "necessary instructions have been issued in this regard."

Zakir Naik speech, Zakir Naik dhaka terror attack, Zakir Naik rajnath singhRajnath Singh said: His (Zakir Naik) speeches/CDs are being examined, whatever is justified will be done. (Reuters Photo)

Stating that the government has taken cognizance of Zakir Naik’s speeches, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said that “necessary instructions have been issued in this regard.”

Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik has claimed that his ‘hate speech’ inspired one of the five Bangladeshi militants, who hacked to death 22 people at a cafe in Dhaka’s diplomatic enclave last week.

“His (Zakir Naik) speeches/CDs are being examined, whatever is justified will be done,” Rajnath Singh said. “As far as the government of India is concerned, we will not compromise on terrorism at any cost,” he added.

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 at other religions.

One of the Bangladeshi attackers, suspected to be Rohan Imtiaz – the son of a politician of Bangladesh’s ruling Awami League – ran a propaganda on Facebook last year quoting 50-year-old Zakir Naik, a Mumbai-based doctor and an Islamic televangelist, Bangladeshi newspaper ‘Daily Star’ reported.

Naik, in his lecture aired on Peace TV, an international Islamic channel, had reportedly “urged all Muslims to be terrorists”.

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

Yesterday, Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said that Naik’s speeches are “highly objectionable”. “”The Home Ministry will study (his speeches). It will take appropriate action after studying them. His speeches, as being reported in the media, are highly objectionable,” Naidu said.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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