A team of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has reached Bangladesh to probe an alleged love jihad case involving Islamic preacher Zakir Naik and two hardline preachers of Pakistan origin. An NIA source related to the probe said, “A team of NIA has reached Bangladesh to collect details in the alleged love jihad case it had registered in August last year.”
The source said that the team was in Bangladesh to question an Indian woman and Nafees, the son of a Bangladeshi politician Shekhawat Hussain who is a member of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party. The NIA had recently questioned the woman through WhatsApp. The woman belongs to the family of a Chennai-based businessman.
The NIA will question the woman on whether she married on her wish or was kidnapped from London, where she was living earlier for higher studies, and then taken to Bangladesh.
The anti-terror probe agency will question Nafees and his politician father Sardar Shekhawat Hussain.
The NIA has named Islamic preacher Zakir Naik and two hardline preachers of Pakistan origin as accused in an FIR pertaining to the high-profile love jihad case.
The NIA is probing the Indian businessman’s daughter and the Bangladesh politician’s son’s marriage in London.
Zakir Naik, who is wanted by the Indian enforcement agencies, and the hardline preachers of Pakistani origin based in the US have been named as accused in the case.
The girl’s father had initially lodged a complaint with the Chennai Central Crime Branch in May last year, alleging that his daughter, who was studying in London, was radicalised and forced to covert to Islam.
The father alleged that his daughter was abducted in London and taken to Bangladesh by some Bangladeshi nationals.