A man associated with Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s Research Foundation has been arrested for allegedly radicalising one of 21 people who went missing from Kerala and are suspected to have joined the Islamic State group, PTI reported. An official said, “Qureshi was arrested on Wednesday night and produced before a special court in Sewri in Central Mumbai for transit remand. The court granted the same.”
A senior police official said Arshid Qureshi, who was associated with IRF Foundation of Zakir Naik, was nabbed from Navi Mumbai.
A case under IPC sections 120 B (criminal conspiracy) and 153 A (promoting enmity between groups) as well as under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act was registered in Kochi.
He was produced before the Belapur court in Navi Mumbai which granted Kerala Police his transit remand till July 25.
Kerala Police will now produce him in a court in Kochi.
Naik was recently embroiled in a controversy after media reports suggested that his speeches influenced two terrorists in the recent Dhaka attacks. Following the report, the Maharashtra government ordered an inquiry into his speeches.