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NIA Raids Premises of Islamic Preacher Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation in Mumbai

Raids were conducted at 10 locations linked to Naik's banned organisation Islamic Research Foundation(IRF)

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(Representational Image) Kashmiri protesters hold Pakistani flags, one with swords and the word "jihad" written on it, during a protest in Srinagar, India, July 8, 2016. Youths in the Indian part of Kashmir protested allegations that Islamic preacher Zakir Naik was involved in making hate speeches, VOA
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Mumbai, November 19, 2016: The National Investigation Agency (NIA), along with Mumbai Police, on Saturday carried out raids at 10 places in a case registered against controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) in Mumbai.

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The NIA had registered a case on Friday against Zakir Naik and others under 10,13,18 of UAPA and section 153A of IPC.

The search operations are still under way at IRF premises.

The Union cabinet approved a proposal on November 15 to outlaw the IRF for its alleged terror activities.

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Islamic Research Foundation came on the radar of investigative agencies after Dhaka Terror attack, in July. One of the terrorists involved in the attack had allegedly posted on social media that they had been inspired by Naik’s preaching.

The controversial preacher, Zakir Naik is out of country and extended his stay abroad after the allegations.

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According to TOI report, in a gazette notification, the home ministry had said, “The IRF and its members, specially, the founder and its president Zakir Naik, has been encouraging and aiding its followers to promote or attempt to promote, on grounds of religion, disharmony or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between different religious.”

Indian protesters in New Delhi hold signs denouncing Islamic scholar and televangelist Zakir Naik, July 18, 2016.  Benar News
Indian protesters in New Delhi hold signs denouncing Islamic scholar and televangelist Zakir Naik, July 18, 2016. Benar News

“Youths from Malavani in western suburbs who had left their home to join Islamic State earlier this year were also allegedly inspired by the preaching of the televangelist.”

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Police had arrested some of the members of IRF for allegedly motivating and inspiring youths from Kasargod in Kerala to join ISIS. National Investigation Agency (NIA) is further investigating the case.

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?