New Delhi: Controversial right-wing leader Sadhvi Prachi has called for ‘beheading’ Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, announcing she will give Rs 50 lakh reward to anyone who does it.
Speaking to reporters in Roorkee, Uttarakhand, Prachi justified the reward saying Naik was not an Islamic preacher but a “terrorist”.
Prachi, an ex-VHP leader, said she was announcing the reward in her personal capacity and not as a leader of any organisation.
She further urged the government to investigate the links of all “such preachers working in madrasas” with terrorists, The Indian Express reported on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Prachi later told the newspaper that she had received an anonymous threat after she announced the reward.
She said the caller, who introduced himself as Shahid, threatened to abduct her. She will be filing a police complaint regarding the threat this morning.
On Tuesday, a Shia group, known as Hussaini Tigers, had announced a Rs 15 lakh award on Naik’s head.
“He (Naik) is a ‘khalnayak’. He has insulted the Prophet and whosoever kills him would be rewarded not only in life…but would also get cash reward from us,” Hussaini Tigers chief Syed Kalbe Hussain Naqvi wrote on Facebook.
Zakir Naik and his sermons have come under the scanner post the Dhaka cafe terror attack, after it was revealed that two of the terrorists were inspired by him.
Naik, who is in Medina in Saudi Arabia, was supposed to return to India this week but has delayed his return amid probes by various agencies into his activities.
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