Zakir Naik's IRF might have funded 300 people, many visiting IS areas, claims NIA

Zakir Naik's banned Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) might have funded at least 300 people, some of whom travelled to the Islamic State areas of Syria and Iraq, according to The New Indian Express.

Zakir Naiks IRF might have funded 300 people, many visiting IS areas, claims NIA

Zakir Naik. CNN-News 18

This came into light after the NIA had carried out searches for three days at 20 premises during which records related to bank accounts and other financial activities linked with Naik and IRF were seized. The NIA on Wednesday asked three banks to freeze 25 accounts of controversial preacher Zakir Naik, his family members and IRF, which has been banned under anti-terror law.

NIA is also planning to prepare a thorough list of IRF members not based in India to obtain more information about the funding, reports DNA.

In addition to it, NIA has handed over a list of over 12 people, including Naik, his family members, close friends and organisations, to all 72 scheduled commercial banks to check whether these people had any account in these financial institutions. Official sources said NIA has sent a notices to three private banks to freeze the accounts of Naik and others, which were found to be in operation during the three-day search by it that ended last night, till further orders.

In both the letters, NIA has cited Section 43 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for executing such action. The agency has booked Naik, IRF and unnamed office bearers of his organisation under IPC section 153-A relating to promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony, besides various sections of anti-terror law Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The agency has claimed to have found documents showing that IS recruit Abu Anas had received Rs 80,000 from the IRF as scholarship in October 2015. After these documents were analysed by NIA, it had moved to block his bank accounts. A Tonk resident, Anas who is an engineer by profession, was arrested by the NIA in January for allegedly planning to carry out a terror strike ahead of Republic Day.

The NIA has also written to Union Home Ministry for banning the website run by the IRF and as well as suspending its online activities, which includes videos of speeches on social networking sites, the sources said, adding that the request will be forwarded to Information Technology ministry.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Nov 24, 2016 12:03:02 IST

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