The Karnataka government on Tuesday banned Islamic preacher Zakir Naik and Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Pravin Togadia from entering Mangalore. This comes in wake of communal tension in the area for past five months.
Amidst protests from various groups, the police department has banned the entry of Islamic scholar Dr Zakir Naik into Mangaluru city for a period of one week. Dr Zakir Naik was scheduled to address a programme on January 3, 2016, organized by South Kanara Salafi Movement (SKSM). In view of security concerns, police commissioner S Murugan has issued prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC banning Dr Zakir Naik from entering the limits of Mangaluru city and participating in any public meeting/function for a period of 7 days from December 31 to January 6.
Various groups like Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, Bajrang Dal, VHP and Hindu Mahasabha had demanded a ban on the entry of Dr Zakir Naik into Mangaluru, alleging that he would deliver a provocative speech, and had warned that the government would be held responsible if peace was disrupted during Dr Naik's visit.
The duo was scheduled to attend an event between December 31, 2016 and January 6, 2016.