Tripura Governor lauds Bangladesh’s ban on Zakir Naik’s Peace TV

New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh Governor Tathagatha Roy on Sunday lauded Bangladesh government’s decision to ban controversial preacher Zakir Naik’s Peace TV.

“Bangladesh has banned Zakir Naik’s highly peaceful Peace TV. Long live Sheikh Hasina. She acted as befits Bongobondhu’s daughter,” Roy tweeted.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is the daughter of Bangladesh founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, popularly known as “Bangobandhu (friend of the people of Bangladesh)”.

Earlier in the day, the Bangladesh government decided to close down Peace TV. Bangladesh Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said his ministry will evaluate the issue and adopt administrative measures to take the channel off air on Monday.

“Peace TV is inconsistent with Muslim society, the Quran, Sunnah, Hadith, Bangladesh’s Constitution, our culture, customs and rituals,” Inu said.

The ban came in the wake of the recent bloody terror attacks which rocked Bangladesh. For the infamous July 1 Dhaka siege, two of the seven young militants, who struck at an upscale cafe in Dhaka’s diplomatic Gulshan enclave, were reportedly inspired by the Salafi tele-evangelist’s speeches.

The attack had claimed the lives of 22 people, including one Indian girl.

In India also, several government agencies have started probe on the functioning of Peace TV and the controversial preacher Zakir Naik.

The Information and Broadcasting Minisry in an advisory to all state governments has also asked them to ensure that cable operators do not broadcast the TV channels like Peace TV that are not permitted to downlink in India.



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