Preacher Zakir Naik's speeches highly objectionable: Govt

New Delhi: Calling Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s speeches "highly objectionable," the government yesterday said the Home Ministry will take appropriate action after studying them.

Dr Zakir Naik
Dr Zakir Naik

"The Home Ministry will study (his speeches). It will take appropriate action after studying them. His speeches, as being reported in the media, are highly objectionable," Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said.

Naidu’s remarks came a day after Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju hinted at action against the preacher, whose speeches are believed to have inspired one of the five Bangladeshi terrorists, who killed 22 people at a restaurant in Dhaka.

"Zakir Naik’s speech is a matter of concern for us. Our agencies are working on this. But as a minister, I will not comment what action will be taken," he had said.

B'desh to India: Examine speeches

Dhaka: Bangladesh yesterday asked India to examine Naik’s controversial speeches after reports that his ‘hate speech’ inspired one of the five Bangladeshi militants, who hacked to death 22 people at an upscale cafe in Dhaka’s diplomatic enclave last week. Bangladesh Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said, “I request the Indian government and information minister that they also examine the context of his teachings.”

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