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Published On: Sat, Nov 19th, 2016

NIA raids 10 premises of Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation

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mha-zakir-6_647_090616090947MUMBAI : The National Investigation Agency (NIA), accompanied by the Mumbai Police, on Saturday carried out searches at 10 places in a case registered against preacher Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) in Mumbai.

The early morning operation came a day after the NIA lodged a case against Zakir Naik, IRF, and others under various sections of Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Naik is under the scanner for alleged misdeeds, spreading or promoting communal disharmony, feelings of enmity between communities and supporting terror acts.

A team of the NIA sleuths, accompanied by the Mumbai Police, started the raids at 10 locations across the city owned or connected with the IRF.The central government had on Tuesday banned IRF for five years with immediate effect.

The move came after the government found the Islamic preacher to be involved in utilising funds meant for his NGOs for radicalisation of youths.Some other organisations, being run by Naik, have also been under the government scanner, sources added.

Naik is currently out of the country. He has not been here in the past few months.The IRF shot into limelight following allegations that Naik`s teachings and preaching had inspired terror strikes in Bangladesh.

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