Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s decision to call off his return to the country on Monday became a damp squib for the Mumbai airport security establishment as it had increased deployment on request from the city police.
According to sources in the Central Industrial Security Force, the doctor-turned-preacher, who has come under the security scanner for his speeches, was supposed to arrive on a Gulf airline from Dubai to conduct a talk at Nariman Point on Tuesday.
“But the extra cover was relaxed late on Sunday night after learning that his booking was cancelled,” said a senior airport security official requesting anonymity.
The official added that additional manpower was deployed on request from the city police in anticipation of trouble by a hardline Islamic group accused of rioting in the city earlier.
Officials added that the agencies had no information on Naik’s revised travel schedule.