NIA books Zakir Naik for pro­mot­ing en­mity, in­cit­ing Mus­lim youth

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ra­jesh Ahuja ra­jesh.ahuja@hin­dus­tan­times.com Farhan Shaikh farhan.shaikh@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency (NIA) booked con­tro­ver­sial TV evan­ge­list Dr Zakir Naik on Fri­day on charges of in­cit­ing Mus­lim youth to in­dulge in vi­o­lence and pro­mot­ing en­mity be­tween groups on the ba­sis of re­li­gion and race. The agency has charged that Naik’s ac­tiv­i­ties are prej­u­di­cial to na­tional in­te­gra­tion.

The NIA ac­tion fol­lows the govern­ment de­ci­sion to de­clare Naik’s out­fit Is­lamic Re­search Foun­da­tion (IRF) an un­law­ful as­so­ci­a­tion un­der the Un­law­ful Ac­tiv­i­ties (Pre­ven­tion) Act (UAPA). “The NIA has reg­is­tered an FIR against Dr Naik un­der the UAPA and he will soon be asked to join the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. If he doesn’t, the agency will ask the court to de­clare him a pro­claimed of­fender and set in mo­tion to at­tach the prop­er­ties of the IRF,” said a se­nior home min­istry of­fi­cial.

The Mum­bai traf­fic po­lice have is­sued a traf­fic ad­vi­sory for Ban­dra-Kurla Com­plex (BCK) dur­ing the Global Cit­i­zen Fes­ti­val In­dia, head­lined by Bri­tish rock band Cold­play, on Saturday.

BKC Road from Bharat Na­gar junc­tion to MTNL junc­tion will be closed for traf­fic be­tween 11pm on Fri­day and 11pm Saturday. Bharat Di­a­mond Bourse gate no 8, Tri­dent Ho­tel junc­tion and Sof­i­tel Ho­tel will also be out of bounds for ve­hi­cles. The ‘re­stricted’ roads will, how­ever, be open for VIPs, spon­sors and pass hold­ers at­tend­ing the fes­ti­val, to be held on the MMRDA­grounds.

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