Brit 'Curry King' Noon asks government to toughen stand on extremist imams

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London, Nov.29 (ANI): Sir Gulam Noon, one of Britain's most prominent Muslim businessman, has called on the Brown government to take strict action against extremist preachers in the country.

Noon, who was one of the many foreigners stuck in the Taj hotel during last year's Mumbai attack, said the government must toughen its stand on the extremist imams.

"The door is being left open for foreign imams to radicalise thousands of young Muslims in mosques," The Guardian quoted Noon, as saying.

Famously known as the 'Curry King' for selling 1.5 million Indian ready-meals a week in Britain, Noon said the November 2008 attacks has left him less tolerant of foreign Islamist preachers, who according to him were indoctrinating young British Muslims.

"Having seen what I saw at close quarters, the indiscriminate violence and pain inflicted in the name of my religion, I am astounded that I hear from friends in the community that radical preachers are still coming to this country and praising attacks by al-Qaida and suicide missions. There is a limit to free speech.

Extremists who preach their approval of suicide bombers should be sent back to their country of origin," he said during an interview.

Noon, who was born and brought up in Mumbai, is one of Labour's most generous donors handing over than 300,000 pounds to the party.

Recalling the horror of 26/11, Noon said he is proud of the way the Indian Muslim community has responded to the attacks.

"Indian Muslims have refused to bury the nine dead terrorists. They are still in the mortuary. It is a good symbolic message for the rest of secular India. Now Britain needs to get tough with the radical imams. We have the power to do something," said the 73-year-old businessman. (ANI)

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