Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) carried out searches at the premises of Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik, his NGO, Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), and a few associates for the third consecutive day on Monday, a media report said.
The official website of IRF – Irf.net – was also blocked, the report said.
The NIA is also set to summon Naik, who is abroad ever since his name was linked to the Dhaka terror attack on 1 July, the report said further.
Search operations were carried out by the NIA at the IRF offices and premises as well as that of Harmony Media Pvt Ltd, from where the programmes were being aired on Naik’s Peace TV, the media report added.
The NIA also blocked IRF website for carrying Naik’s speeches.
“As part of investigation, all actions that need to be taken against a proscribed organisation, including banning of its online activities, are being undertaken,” an NIA spokesperson told PTI.
Last week, the Indian government banned the IRF and declared it as a terrorist organisation under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act for five years.
If the Islamic preacher fails to respond to the NIA summon, a red corner notice will be issued against Naik through Interpol by it, the report said.
The NIA is still trying to block Naik’s Facebook page, Twitter account and YouTube videos NIA officials were quoted in the report.
The agency is expected to examine cases relating to 50 individuals who were allegedly drawn to extremism after listening to Naik’s sermons, the report added.