New Delhi: Facing investigation over his speeches that are alleged to have "inspired" one of the Bangladeshi cafe attackers, popular Islamic preacher Dr. Zakir Naik on Saturday sought support from the Muslim community against the "media trials" through his new Twitter handle "@drzakirofficial".
"I, Dr Zakir Naik, Call upon all my Muslim Brothers & Sisters to Support me against the "Media Trials" and Let Justice Prevail," Naik tweeted.
Naik, founder of Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), introduced his new Twitter handle @drzakirofficial on his Facebook page also.
In another tweet, Naik said: "I appeal to all people worldwide to work together on the causes, ways and solutions to eliminate TERRORISM FROM OUR MIDST."
Both the tweete were liked and re-tweeted by hundreds within few hours. Also, within an hour of Naik's appeal for support on Saturday, his Facebook post had over 6,000 likes.
The government has launched a multi-pronged investigation into controversies around Naik's speeches and "online sermons". Apart from an investigation by the Home Ministry, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry is looking into issues concerning the telecast of his speeches.
On Friday, supporters of Naik took out a solidarity march in Srinagar to condemn any action that might be taken against him. Over a dozen supporters gathered in Srinagar and shouted slogans in favour of Zakir Naik.
Born on October 18, 1965, Zakir Naik is better known as a Mumbai-based "preacher". He is a medical doctor by education.