The Shiv Sena on Monday asked Union Government to abandon plans to catch mafia dons like Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar and Tiger Memon and in its place book controversial Mumbai-based Islamic preacher Zakir Naik.
"Stop making announcements of dragging back Dawood or Tiger Memon from Pakistan...Now concentrate on Naik, this hidden enemy at home...Arrest him and throw him in the same cell as (hanged 26/11 Pakistani terrorist) Ajmal Kasab," the Sena said in an edit in the party mouthpiece "Saamana".
Naik is under scanner after revelations that two of the five young militants who massacred 20 hostages, including an Indian, at a cafe in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka on July 1, drew their inspiration from his speeches.
The said that till now the National Intelligence Agency, Central Bureau of Investigation and police of Maharashtra-Goa are hounding the Sanatan Sanstha right-wing Hindu organisation.
"What about the propaganda and literature material of Naik -- it is directly fuelling separatist elements in the country. It seems he is trying to become a messiah of the Muslims by pushing them into hell. A new type of unrest and 'Pakistan' is being created in India," the Sena said.
It urged the BJP governments in the centre and state "to display guts" and ban Naik and his "Peace TV" network all over the world, and demolish his propaganda machinery, as it is because of such pople that Muslims were not able to join the national mainstream.
Bolstering its argument, the Sena recently said an Islamic State (IS) den was found in Hyderabad whose chief Ibrahim Yezda had confessed to attending Naik's "peace camp" for 10 days.
"If this is the outcome of his 'peace camps'. then India is being weakned from such holes...The government can postpone its plans to bring back 'black money' from abroad, but first it must catch those who are funding Naik's peace initiatives and blow them off," the Sena urged.