Centre hints at action against preacher Zakir ik

New Delhi, July 7: Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah idu on Thursday said speeches of Islamic preacher and Salafi ideologue Zakir ik are objectioble, indicating the government may take action against him.

"The Home Ministry will alyse everything," idu said, adding that speeches of ik "are objectioble".

A controversial preacher, Zakir ik recently hit the headlines following revelation that two out of five young militants who attacked a popular cafe in Dhakha on July 1 drew their inspiration from his speeches.

Young militant Rohan Imtiaz, son of an Awami League leader, posted a message on Facebook last year quoting Peace TV's preacher ik "urging all Muslims to be terrorists".

Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday indicated that the government was contemplating action against ik, saying it was a "matter of law" and the agencies concerned will take "appropriate action".

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadvis on Thursday ordered a probe into the speeches, writings and other materials of the Islamic preacher. ik, founder of Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation, is banned in the United Kingdom and Cada for his alleged hate speeches aimed against other religions.

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