ATS: A minimum of 900 transformed by accused in 23 UP districts

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The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) on Monday claimed to have verified {that a} group led by two Delhi-based clerics now in police custody had illegally transformed at the least 900 individuals to Islam in 23 districts.

The 2 clerics — Umar Gautam and Mufti Qazi Jehangir Qasmi — are amongst 9 individuals arrested for allegedly changing greater than 1,000 individuals after luring them with provides of cash, marriage, and jobs. Of the accused, three every are from Maharashtra and Delhi, and one every is from Haryana, Jharkhand and Gujarat.

The ATS stated verification was occurring in 4 extra districts. The record, with names of round 1,000 individuals, was ready throughout the interrogation of the accused. The names had been then despatched to the 27 districts for verification.

“On the idea of the record, police verification is occurring. A number of districts have despatched the report. 4 districts have but to submit it,” stated ATS Inspector-Common GK Goswamy.

Sources stated some individuals instructed officers throughout the verification train that their signatures had been taken with out consent on papers containing the small print of their conversion. The police haven’t but selected getting the statements of such individuals recorded earlier than a Justice of the Peace.

Final month, the ATS claimed to have busted the conversion racket after arresting six individuals, together with the clerics. The company claimed that the accused carried out large-scale conversions beneath the banner of the Islamic Dawah Centre (IDC). They allegedly used to focus on youngsters with disabilities, girls, the unemployed, and the poor by promising them a very good schooling, marriage, jobs, and cash. The ATS can be investigating the funds that the IDC acquired by means of varied means.

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