Beefing up airport security for Zakir Naik’s arrival that wasn’t

  • Soubhik Mitra, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Jul 11, 2016 16:19 IST
The preacher was supposed to arrive on a Gulf airline from Dubai on Monday. (HT Photo)

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.

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“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.

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