In order to form a case against controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, security agencies have drawn a list of 55 terror accused, arrested from across the country over the past decade, who have claimed to be influenced by Naik’s speeches.
According to reports, the list was drawnafter an order from the Home Ministry.
According to Indian Express, the list includes Feroze Deshmukh, a former Islamic Research Foundation employee, Qateel Ahmed Siddiqui, Biju Saleem, and IS online recruiter Afsha Jabeen, Mudabbir Sheikh, Mohammed Obaidullah Khan, Abu Anas and Mohammed Nafees Khan; and alleged Jamaat ul Mujahideen Bangladesh operatives Asadullah Ali and Rafique Islam.
All these names are well known in the world of terror.
Naik, is under the scanner of the investigating agencies in India and Bangladesh after two terrorists in the Dhaka attack earlier this month defined him as an inspiration to them.
However, he has repeatedly denied from such allegation.
Claiming his statements were doctored and tampered out of context, controversial televangelist Zakir Naik said in a press conference that he unequivocally condemned all terrorist activities.
The Islamic preacher dismissed as “misinformation” that he had ever advocated suicide bombings, saying he always condemned them since innocent people get killed and this is “anti-Islam”.