New Delhi: Controversial preacher Zakir Naik on Wednesday dismissed his involvement in terrorism, a claim made by the National Investigation Agency. Naik was quoted by news agency ANI as saying, “It’s unfortunate that NIA, having spent over three years of investigating me, has been publicly making claims connecting me to terrorism without having in possession a single shred of evidence to support it.”

Notably, an NIA investigation has revealed that a majority of 127 people arrested were ISIS sympathizers from across India. The NIA claimed that these ISIS sympathizers were following the speeches of the Islamic preacher Zakir Naik.

Out of the total 127 arrested in 28 cases since 2014, 33 were arrested from Tamil Nadu, 19 from Uttar Pradesh, 17 from Kerala, 14 from Telangana, 12 from Maharashtra, eight from Karnataka, seven from Delhi, four each from Uttarakhand and West Bengal and three from Jammu and Kashmir, news agency PTI quoted an NIA data as saying.

Sharing the data at the NIA’s National Conference of chiefs of the Anti-Terrorism Squads (ATS) and Special Task Forces (STF) on Monday, NIA Inspector General Alok Mittal had blamed the ISIS sympathizers for exploiting the internet for terrorist purposes. “The international terrorist organisation has exploited internet in a very organised way for its every terror-related activity like radicalisation, training, recruitment, planning and execution,” Mittal was quoted by news agency PTI as saying.

Thus, the NIA has registered a case against Naik and his IRF (Islamic Research Foundation) organisation. Naik could not be questioned in the matter so far as he is currently residing in Malaysia. Therefore, an extradition request has been sent to Malaysia which is pending, stated NIA as per news agency PTI.