Patna: In an unprecedented act, pro-Pakistan slogans were raised in Patna on Friday afternoon by supporters of a political front. Several people under the banner of Popular Front of India carried out a protest march against the Central government. The protest march was carried to support controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi.
The protest march which was carried out after prior permission from the local administration slammed the Central government for unnecessarily troubling and cracking down on Zakir Naik and Owaisi.
The march had started from Patna’s Science College and while the march was going on, few people present raised pro-Pakistan slogans. The protestors were demanding that the Bihar government should intervence in the matter and speak to the Centre on Zakir Naik’s issue. The protestors alleged that the crack down in Naik and Owaisi was a concerted effort to silence the voice of Muslims leaders in the country.
“We are not going to tolerate this. The Centre is unnecessarily cracking down on Zakir Naik and troubling him”, said a protestor.
After the video of the pro-Pakistan slogans were aired by electronic media channels, the state police has flung into action. Police headquarters in Patna has begun probe into the matter of how slogans in support of Pakistan were raised at the march. The Bihar police is also coordinating with the central intelligence agencies to probe the case. Bihar DGP, P.K Thakur confirmed that the police was scanning the video of the rally.
“We have initiated a probe in the matter. We are also monitoring the video footage if the rally where pro-Pakistan slogans were raised”, said Bihar DGP. The DGP has assured that if it comes to light that anti-nation slogans and pro-Pakistan slogans were raised, action will be taken.
In a late night move, Patna police has identified the person who raised pro-Pakistan slogans as Taufiq, a worker of the Popular Front of India. Police have arrested Taufiq in the case. The police in the meantime has sent the video footage for forensic investigation.
The controversial Islamic preacher is alleged to have brain washed through his hateful speeches at least of the terrorist who carried out attack at a restaurant in Dhaka earlier this month in which more than 20 people were killed.