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Delhi riots: Links to Zakir Naik, Saudi Arabia, PFI established in police probe

Investigations by Delhi Police’s Special Cell have revealed a link between the Delhi riots and Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. The probe has additionally traced back cash path to Saudi Arabia and Singapore.

New details have emerged from Delhi Police’s Special Cell investigation which revealed that Khalid Saifi, who was arrested in connection with the riots, met Islamic preacher Zakir Naik in Malaysia. Saifi is allegedly one of the facilitators of the Delhi Riots and close friends with Umar Khalid and Tahir Hussain.

According to the status report filed by Delhi Police’s Special Cell, funds have been traced again to Saudi Arabia to an NRI in Singapore.

The investigations have revealed that former Congress municipal councilor Ishrat Jahan received funds from a suspicious route in Ghaziabad and other relatives in Maharashtra. Ishrat was also arrested by Delhi Police in March for her involvement within the Delhi riots case.

The interrogation of Khalid Saifi and Ishrat Jahan stays pending because of the coronavirus outbreak and the lockdown.

Further, the probe has revealed that Khalid Saifi bought funds for the riots by way of an NRI account from Singapore. This cash was transferred to an NGO in India run by Umer Khalid and his Meerut-based associate who’s in quarantine. The investigation is underway to establish the Singapore NRI.

The police are hoping to get extra details of the cash trail from Khalid Saifi’s cell phone. “Data on his phone is very important to be examined as far as the money trail is concerned. This investigation will also lead police to Saifi’s links to Zakir Naik,” a supply instructed India Today.

The details of Khalid Saifi’s passport have established that he travelled to a number of overseas nations to satisfy folks together with Zakir Naik, to lift funds for the riots.

Accused Ishrat Jahan and Khalid Saifi got funds from unaccounted channels and PFI respectively in addition to from abroad together with Singapore and Saudi Arabia.

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