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Zakir Naik case: Police to investigate activities of Harmony Media

The police are looking into the activities of Harmony Media Pvt Ltd at Dongri, which houses an editing studio of controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s television channel Peace TV, which is banned in India. Investigators will conduct a detailed probe into Harmony Media’s activities and are likely to question its employees soon.

mumbai Updated: Jul 15, 2016 00:52 IST
Saurabh M Joshi

The police are looking into the activities of Harmony Media Pvt Ltd at Dongri, which houses an editing studio of controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s television channel Peace TV, which is banned in India. Investigators will conduct a detailed probe into Harmony Media’s activities and are likely to question its employees soon.

Hindustan Times had earlier reported that shows aired on Peace TV undergo post-production at the Dongri studio, which employs at least 50 video editors. After post-production the shows are burned onto DVDs and sent to Dubai and London to be broadcast. The channel operates in English, Urdu, Bangla and Chinese and plans to launch Arabic and French versions soon, a source said.

“We will find out how long the studio has been in operation and what all activities it undertakes,” said a Mumbai police officer, who did not wish to be named.

The special branch of the Mumbai police, which is conducting an enquiry into Naik’s activities, is also scanning a large number of his sermons, speeches and published material.

Meanwhile, despite reports that Peace TV is being telecast illegally in Mumbai, the police are yet to receive a formal complaint about this. Investigators said that they are using all available resources to find out if any cable operators are airing the channel. “There are ways in which the channel can be aired secretly. If it is being downloaded and aired by a cable operator,” added the police officer.

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