Mumbai: Controversial preacher Zakir Naik has cancelled his press conference scheduled in Mumbai for Tuesday, raising questions on whether he is returning to India immediately.
Naik’s office told that he is not coming to Mumbai to address the press conference and that he will address the press conference through Skype from Medina.
Police sources said they suspect he may not subject himself to the probe ordered against him on alleged terror links. Naik been facing the heat following reports that his alleged “provocative” speeches had inspired some of the militants who carried out Bangladesh’s worst terror attack in a cafe in capital Dhaka.
Earlier, Shiv Sena through its mouthpiece Saamna had demanded that controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik be arrested the moment he returns to India from Saudi Arabia and his “Peace TV” network be dismantled.
The preacher has however dismissed the allegations against him. The NDA ally also likened Zakir Naik’s “social work” to the activities of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar.
“The way fanatics like Pakistan-based Azhar Masood openly spew venom, people like Zakir Naik carry out through their social work in the name of peace by covert means. Naik has been nurturing anti-nationals for the last several years and the lessons in peace preached by him have been unmasked after the Dhaka carnage,” the Sena said in a stinging editorial in its moutpiece “Saamana”.
Taking a dig at the state and central governments for allowing the preacher to carry on with his activities, Sena said Naik should have been thrown into the same cell as Mumbai attack convict Ajmal Kasab long back.