Intelligence agencies are now probing the connection between JuD and Zakir Naik’s organisation Islamic Research Foundation website.
Intelligence agencies are now probing an alleged connection between Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), a front of Pakistan’s banned terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba and controversial Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik’s organisation Islamic Research Foundation website.
Several petitions have also been filed with the Maharashtra police and the Union home ministry seeking an investigation into the alleged link. “When you click on the archive pages of the then JuD website it links throws up several links like the Al-Huda International and the Jamaat-ud-Dawa urdu website link. Among the 9 links on the main page is also the link to Dr Zakir Naik’s IRF or Islamic Research Foundation. This link is a matter of investigation,” sources said. The JuD has since changed the name and address of its new website post the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
ZAKIR NAIK’S TERROR LINK
Hafiz Muhammed Saeed is the main architect of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks of 2008. Months after the worst terror strike in India which killed more than 167 innocent people, the two websites remained linked. “The connection with LeT does not end here. One of the masterminds of the 2006 Mumbai train blasts that killed 187 people – Rahil Sheikh was also influenced by Zakir Naik,” sources added.
But the radicalisation link doesn’t end with 2006 train blast accused Rahil Sheikh. “Dr Zakir Naik with his hard line Wahabi Islam preaching is also alleged to have influenced terrorists like Rohan Imtiaz in Dhaka and the Malwani and Hyderabad Islamic State modules,” said an official.
“There is nothing on record to connect Dr Zakir Naik or his IRF directly with terror. But his speeches appear to have inspired and influenced a number of terrorists worldwide. Why did JuD/LeT link its website with his IRF? Why did a number of ‘would be terrorists’ attend his camps, listen to and circulate his speeches? All of these issues are now a matter of grave concern,” he added.
DEVENDRA FADNAVIS ORDERS PROBE
Maharashtra government has now officially initiated an investigation with chief minister Devendra Fadnavis having ordered a probe into Dr Naik’s speeches both on Peace TV and online.
In New Delhi Mahesh Giri, BJP MP also wrote to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking an investigation into the funding of Dr Zakir Naik’s organisation and television channel.
The developments have come in the wake of the recent attack in a Dhaka cafe.
It was reported that Zakir Naik’s ‘hate speeches’ inspired one of the five Bangladeshi militants, who hacked to death 22 people at an upscale cafe in Dhaka’s diplomatic enclave last week.