Mangaluru: There was strong objection from the BJP and Sangh Parivar to ban Islamic scholar Dr Zakir Naik from entering the city to address the public gathering on January 2. Various BJP leaders handed over memorandums to the Police commissioner to ban Dr Zakir Naik from entering Mangaluru.
The Sangh Parivar also threatened that if Dr Zakir comes to Mangaluru and hurts the sentiments of Hindus, there will be violence in the district. To avoid any untoward incidents in the district, the concerned authorities should take the request seriously.Inspite of our demands, if Zakir Naik comes to Mangaluru and if any untoward incidents take place, the district administration and the government will be directly held responsible.
VHP leader Murali in a press meet said, “The administration should not give permission for any programme featuring such a controversial figure. If the administration gives permission to Dr Zakir Naik to speak on January 2, we will organize a HinduSamajotsava headed by Praveen Togadia on the same day as a mark of protest.”
For the safety and security of the people in the district, the police commissioner Murugan has imposed a ban on Dr Zakir Naik from entering the city under section 144 for the period of one week from December 31 to 6 January.