Hindu outfit opposes Zakir Naik's programme

Hindu Janajagruthi Samithi has sought the cancellation of a public programme by Islamic scholar Dr Zakir Naik scheduled to be held on January 2.

Addressing media persons here recently, the Samithi activist Vijay Kumar said the Samithi opposes the programme organised by a SKSM, a Muslim organisation. Zakir Naik has been insulting Hindu deities in his provocative speeches.

His programmes are banned by many countries, including Britain, Canada and Malaysia. The apex court of the UK has also restricted him from delivering speeches in that country. States like Kerala have also banned him. But, the State government is offering him a red carpet welcome, Kumar alleged.

Despite delivering many controversial statements, neither has he withdrawn his words nor has he apologised. Inspired by his speech, many have joined extremist groups in and outside India, he charged.

Many criminal cases have been lodged against him for hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus. The district administration should deny permission for Zakir Naik’s speech in the city. He warned that the government will be entirely responsible if any untoward incidents occur after his speech.

In order to oppose the programme, Hindu outfits will stage a protest in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office in the city on December 22, he said and added that the Samithi will legally fight against the matter of the government giving permission to Zakir Naik’s speech.

Akhila Bharatha Hindu Mahasabha State spokesperson Dharmendra, the Samithi activist Prabhakar Padiyar and Hindu activist Kumar Malemar were present.

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