The latest venue booked by the Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) for his press conference on Thursday, too, has backed out.
The venue - a banquet hall in Madanpura - was finalised for the meeting, where Naik was to speak to mediapersons through a video call about allegations of inspiring terrorists, after four prominent establishments in the city refused to host his press conferences. The organisers are now looking for an alternative place for the event.
According to an organiser, the banquet hall owners informed them about their inability to host the meet on Wednesday night, even though the organisers had sent the payment cheque to the owners. “They didn’t give us any reason for the cancellation, but it appeared that they are under some pressure,” he said.
The office bearers at the IRF said they have been trying to hold a press conference to clarify Naik’s position on terrorism and various issues, but were unable to find a suitable location in the city.
On Tuesday, three luxury hotels in the city and the World Trade Centre in Cuffe Parade had refused to host the IRF despite availability of space, claimed the organisers. Two of the establishments had cancelled the event after reservations were made, they said.