New Delhi, July 25: Zakir Naik, the controversial Islamic preacher has maintained that he is innocent. However, with the probe agencies in India stepping up the heat on him, Naik has decided to play the victim card. This is being done in a bid to get the Muslim nations up against India and the countries that Naik has been seeking support from are Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
For Naik, the highest contribution has come from Saudi Arabia. Intelligence Bureau officials say that he has been meeting several people in Saudi in a bid to portray himself as a victim of India's dictatorial policies against Muslims.
The 'Support Zakir Naik' campaign
There is an online campaign known as 'Support Zakir Naik' which is gaining popularity. It is popular in Saudi Arabia and according to the Intelligence Bureau it is a campaign that was launched in Pakistan. Naik has said that he will not come down to India for sometime, but abroad, his campaign against the government's policy on Muslims continues.
He is trying to build up a support base for himself by playing the victim card said an officer from Maharashtra who is in the process of preparing a report against the preacher. "He has a very indirect way of doing things and conveys a lot without saying the actual words," the officer said.
India, meanwhile is keeping a close watch on Naik's activities abroad and also the functioning of his Islamic Research Foundation in India. There is a money flow of Rs 15 crore from Saudi Arabia which is under scanner and agencies are trying to find out the reason for the inflow.
Intelligence Bureau officials say that although he is under the scanner, Naik continues to seek out donations. The bigger worry today is the world wide campaign that he is indulging in.
"Through this campaign he is trying to tell the Muslim world that India has a dictatorial policy towards Islam. He is also trying to say that he has become a victim of this policy," officials added.