To stop Muslim youth from joining terror groups like Islamic State (IS), RSS-linked organisation Muslim Rashtriya Manch will soon form a new anti-terrorist body.
“The Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) will soon form a new anti-terrorist front that will help guide Muslim youths and channelise them into national work,” Manch president Mohammad Afzal told PTI.
Asked when the new body would come into being, he said, “very soon”.
“The new body will be formed within the next two months,” he added.
The move is seen as an attempt by the pro-RSS organisation to stop the exodus of youth from the country to join terror organisations, after being misguided by radical Islamist groups.
It also assumes importance in the wake of reports that many Indian youth have been inspired by Islamic preacher Zakir Naik and joined the militant ranks.
According to reports, several Indian youth who have taken to militancy are believed to have been “inspired” by Naik’s speeches, made at public functions and through his television channel Peace TV.
The Indian government has launched multi-pronged investigation into controversies around Naik’s speeches and “online sermons”.
Bangladesh has also banned Naik’s Peace TV, saying it incited the attack on a Dhaka café in which 22 people were gunned down by young, educated terrorists who belonged to affluent families.
Naik is banned from entering the UK and Canada for his controversial “hate speeches”.