Peace TV banned in Bangladesh

Rajnath Singh with Sadhvi Pragya Thakur

Rajnath Singh with Sadhvi Pragya Thakur

He said the Ministry of Home Affairs has been asked to keep track of any such broadcast and report to the I&B ministry for appropriate action. "But we are yet to receive a government order", Mir Hossain Akhtar, head of Bangladesh Cable Owners Association, told "We have deployed our forces only as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident", the official said.

However, about his case in the UK, Naik himself said: "The only country that I am officially aware of ban, once from entering, was UK".

"There is nothing as such".

The ministry has advised all state governments to constitute state- and district-level monitoring committees for broadcast content. We have appealed to the guardians that they should inform us of their whereabouts. In past, others involved in terrorist activities like recently busted Hyderabad ISIS module's chief have found to be followers of Naik.

Naik, however, had released a statement, saying he "totally disagreed" that he inspired the act of killing innocent people in Dhaka.

The Daily Star denied the allegation and claimed that it didn't report that Naik had inspired any terrorist act and instead had said that one of the terrorists had propagated on Facebook quoting Peace TV's Zakir Naik urging all Muslims to be terrorists. The video in which Singh said Naik is a "man of peace" also triggered a slugfest between BJP and Congress.

Earlier, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu had told The Hindu on Friday that the government would take a decision soon on the Peace TV after news came that some of the Gulshan café attackers had been influenced by Dr. Naik.

Naik is under the scanner in India as well, as various reports criticised the preacher. During the ceremony, Naik was hailed as "one of the most renowned non-Arabic-speaking promulgators of Islam".

Hitting back at BJP for targeting him over sharing dais with Naik, Congress leader Digvijay Singh raked up the issue of Rajnath Singh's alleged meeting with 2008 Malegaon blast accused Pragya Thakur.

By training a medical doctor, Dr Naik, who is lean, delivers sermons on Peace TV and online.

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