A picture of controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik with a man is going viral on social media with a claim that the man is one of the suicide bombers involved in Sri Lanka bombings on 21st April 2019. The Sri Lankan Health Ministry said that 253 people had died in the deadly attack.
Major Surendra Poonia tweeted a set of three images establish the link between Congres and Sri Lankan bombers through Zakir Naik. His tweet reads:
"Dil Ke Rishte
Pic 1-Srilanka’s Suicide bomber with preacher Zakir Naik
2-Zakir Naik with Congress leader Sh Digvijay
Bharat Tere Tukde honge/Afzal Premi leader Kanhaiya will campaign for him @digvijaya_28 Sir, Pl ask ur friend Zakir Naik also to address Bhopal rallies via skype"
The archived version of the tweet can be accessed here.
The picture is being widely circulated on social media. You can see such posts on Facebook here.
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We did a reverse image search of the first picture tweeted by Major Surendra Poonia, we found the picture was shared by a blog post on the website syedsoutsidethebox.blogspot.com in which the man was identified as Muhammad Zamri Vinoth, a controversial Muslim preacher in Malaysia and a follower of Zakir Naik.
The blog post has been removed now at the time of writing this. But we have the screenshot which we took during our research.
The report by blog post is backed by several mainstream media. The report of his arrest was covered by Malaysian news portal malaymail.com. The report has shared another picture of Zamri Vinoth with Zakir Naik.
We were able to find the Twitter handle of Zamri Vinoth and from his social media posts, it seems that he has been meeting Zakir Naik from several years.
The man in the viral picture is a controversial Muslim preacher in Malaysia, Muhammad Zamri Vinoth who is a follower of Zakir Naik. His picture with Zakir Nair is being shared on social media with a false claim that he was one of the Sri Lankan Suicide bombers.