Source: Agencies10 Jul 2016 17:18:46

Dhaka, July 10: Taking a note of provocative speeches of the Muslim head which inspired some terrorists to attack a restaurant in Dhaka and killed 20, Bangladesh government on Sunday banned the broadcasting controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik.
The government banned the channel ‘Peace TV Bangla’ of the Muslim-based preacher after a special meeting of cabinet committee on Law and Order.  “In the meeting, attended by senior ministers and top security officials, it was also decided to monitor the sermons given during the Friday prayers to check whether any provocative lectures are delivered”, Industry Minister Aamir Hossain Amu.

Besides senior ministers, the meeting was attended by chief of police and head of the elite Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), paramilitary border guards and top officials of different security agencies. Deployment of additional security forces at export processing zone was also ordered.

Naik's speeches are believed to have inspired some of the Bangladeshi terrorists, who killed 22 people, mostly foreigners, at an upscale restaurant in Dhaka on July 1. Bangladeshi security agencies are also investigating Naik’s activities. The government also urged the Imams in the country to deliver lectures in line with real Islamic ideology of denouncing terrorism and extremism.

Besides senior ministers, the meeting was attended by chief of police and head of the elite Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), paramilitary border guards and top officials of different security agencies. Bangladesh's intelligence agencies were investigating the Islamic preacher Naik. "He is on our security scanner... Our intelligence agencies are investigating his activities as his lectures appeared provocative.