In a move to cool frayed tempers, Islamic preacher Dr.Zakir Naik has been banned by the Mangaluru police from visiting Mangaluru and addressing any public meeting or function between December 31, 2015 and January 6, 2016.
Mangaluru police commissioner S.Murugan told that the police have found Dr. Naik to be a provocative speaker. Hence, the prohibitory order was passed under Section 144 of CrPC to maintain law and order in Mangaluru and Dakshina Kannada district, which was recovering from communal tension, reported The Hindu.
According to the initial plan Dr. Zakir Naik, a well-known Islamic orator and founder of Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation, was to deliver the keynote address at a three-day convention organized by the South Karnataka Salafi Movement (SKSM) in the city on January 3. It was to be held at Nehru Maidan in the city.
However, a few Muslims in the region and intellectuals in the state did not agree with calling Dr. Naik as they believed that his brand of Islam would disturb the already volatile socio-cultural and socio-political scenario and that will trigger fundamentalists and communalists in the region.
The televangelist has been a controversial figure for several years. His views on a number of topics have got a mixed response.
While the police has not taken a decision on extending the ban, Murugan said that orders will be issued barring the entry of Vishwa Hindu Parishat international working president Pravin Togadia. He was to attend a convention to discuss various issues pertaining to cow slaughter, love jihad and attacks on Hindu activists, reported TOI.