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UP ATS busts big conversion racket, claims outfit converted over 1,000 people

The Uttar Pradesh ATS, which is also probing the finances of the outfit, said that this centre's network is spread across the country.

UP ATS busts conversion racket, claims outfit converted over 1,000 people-VPN
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New Delhi, First Published Jun 21, 2021, 5:24 PM IST
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The Uttar Pradesh Police Anti-Terrorism Squad on Monday claimed to have busted a major religious mass conversion racket, roots of which are spread across the country.

UP Anti Terrorist Squad chief Prashant Kumar said that two people -- identified as Umar Gautam and Jahangir Alam -- had been arrested in this case. More arrests are likely soon.

The two suspects are residents of Jamia Nagar in New Delhi.

According to the ATS, an organisation operating under the name Islamic Da'wah Centre has carried out at least 1000 religious conversions.

Detailing the modus operandi of the Islamic Da'wah Centre, the UP ATS chief said that the members of this group would target vulnerable sections of society, including women, specially-abled children and the poorest of the poor, and promised them jobs, money and even marriage if they converted.

In some cases, they allegedly converted girls of poor households and married them off to Muslim men.

The UP ATS, which is also probing the finances of the outfit, said that this centre's network is spread across the country.

When asked if there were any role of Pakistan's espionage agency Inter-Services Intelligence, the UP ATS did not deny involvement but said that his team had enough evidence of foreign and domestic funding coming into the Islamic Da'wah Centre.

He said that the racket was operating in Noida, Kanpur, and Mathura.

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