NIA raids house of Nagpur resident for suspected links with Zakir Naik
- In Reports
- 08:27 PM, Mar 23, 2023
- Myind Staff
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted raids in Maharashtra's Nagpur at the house of Abdul Muqtadir for suspected links with radical Islamic preacher Zakir Naik.
A team of 25 NIA officials reached Abdul's house at 4 am on Thursday to conduct raids. The officials also searched the house of Abdul's neighbours, India Today reported.
Zakir Naik is an Islamic preacher, founder and president of the banned Islamic Research Foundation (IRF). He faces multiple charges of money laundering and hate speech in India and has been residing in Malaysia since 2017.
The Oman government has invited Naik to deliver two religious lectures in Oman’s capital Muscat on March 23 and March 25.
The Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs (MERA) of Oman issued a statement stating, “The Ministry represented by the Department of Introducing Islam and Cultural Exchange in the Iftaa Office is organising a lecture by the preacher Dr. Zakir Naik.”
Notably, Zakir is accused of instigating Muslim youth and terrorists in India and abroad to commit terrorist acts.
Officials said Abdul Muqtadir spoke to a maulana in Pakistan in 2017, after which he went to Uttar Pradesh's Rae Bareli and made a call to Pakistan from there.
The series of such developments brought Abdul on the NIA's radar, which led to Thursday's raids at his residence.
India Today reported sources saying that Abdul had also spoken to members of Zakir Naik's organisation IRF.
The Nagpur Police Crime Branch was also present during the search and security officials were posted in the area to prevent any untoward incidents.
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