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Rajnath says a thorough probe to be held against Zakir Naik

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New Delhi: Amidst allegations that Islamist preacher Zakir Naik was involved in making hate speeches, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said CDs of his speeches are being examined for necessary action and asserted that the government will not compromise on the issue of terrorism.

“We have taken cognisance of Zakir Naiks speeches and have given necessary instructions for a probe. A thorough investigation will be done.

“CDs of his speeches are being examined,” Singh told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

The Home Minister said necessary action will be taken in this regard.

“As far as government is concerned, we will not compromise on terrorism at any cost. Whatever is justified will be done,” he said.

Mumbai-based Naik has come under the scanner after it was reported that his speeches have inspired some of the Dhaka cafe attackers. Maharashtra government yesterday ordered a probe into the speeches by the Muslim televangelist.

“I have asked the Mumbai Police Commissioner to conduct a probe (into Naiks speeches) and submit a report,” Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had told PTI.

Naiks speeches, his social media accounts and sources of funding of a foundation run by him in Mumbai will be scrutinised, said Fadnavis, who also holds the Home portfolio.

Naik, however, had released a statement, saying he “totally disagreed” that he inspired the act of killing innocent people in Dhaka. “There is not a single talk of mine where I encouraged one to kill another, whether Muslim or non-Muslim,” he said. The new Information and Broadcasting Minister, M Venkaiah Naidu, had called Naiks speeches, as being reported in the media, as highly objectionable. “The Home Ministry will study (his speeches). It will take appropriate action after studying them,” he had told reporters. Naiks speeches are believed to have inspired some of the Bangladeshi militants, who killed 22 people, mostly foreigners, at an upscale restaurant in Dhaka last Friday.

BJP has demanded action against Naik, saying he was a “threat” to national security as it was clear from his speeches that he “incited” people. PTI

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