New Delhi, July 7: Indian intelligence are probing into an alleged link between terrorist organisation Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) front and controversial cleric, Dr. Zakir Naik. So far, the authorities have found a link between the website of Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) and the JuD’s website. Also Read - Mumbai Terror Attack Mastermind Hafiz Saeed Sentenced to 10 Years in Jail in Illegal Funding Case
“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,” according to a source quoted India Today. Also Read - As India Boosts Security at LoC, Pakistan’s ISI Tells LeT and Hizbul chiefs to Push Militants into Valley
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Even though the name and domain address of the website has changed, the two website remained linked months after LeT mastermind carried out the 26/11 Mumbai attack, killing 167 people. “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,” the source added.
“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,” another official in intelligence told India Today. “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.”
The Mumbai-based cleric has been accused of influencing two of the seven terrorists that carried out the Dhaka attack last week. A number of petitions seeking an investigation into the speeches of Naik have been filed with the Maharashtra government. Maharashtra Chief Minister has ordered a probe on his speeches on Peace TV as well as the ones online.
In New Delhi, BJP MP Mahesh Giri has asked the Home Ministry to probe into the funding of Naiz, the IRF and his television channel .
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