NIA continues search at Zakir Naik’s premises; blocks website
NIA carried out searches at 17 premises of Zakir Naik, his NGO and a few associates for the third consecutive day today, even as it blocked the website of outlawed Islamic Research Foundation founded by him.
Search operations were carried out by the National Investigation Agency at the offices of IRF, premises of Naik as well as that of Harmony Media Pvt Ltd, from where the programmes were being aired on Naik's Peace TV. A total of 17 premises were searched which examination of two others were continuing.
The NIA also blocked the website of IRF.
"As part of investigation, all actions that need to be taken against a proscribed organisation, including banning of its online activities, are being undertaken," an NIA spokesperson told PTI.
Last week, the central government banned the IRF and declared it as a terrorist organisation under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act for five years.
A red corner notice will be issued against Naik through Interpol by it.
The NIA is still trying to block Naik's Facebook page, Twitter account and YouTube videos and may seek help from authorities in the US where the servers of Internet giants like Google and Yahoo are located, officials.
The agency is expected to examine cases relating to 50 individuals who were allegedly drawn to extremism after listening to Naik's sermons. PTI