The Uttar Pradesh ATS has arrested two men involved in religious conversion in the state. According to police, the duo targetted poor families, unemployed youth, and handicapped people, especially those who were hearing and speech impaired, children and forced them to change their religion. They have been identified as Umar Gautam and Mufti Qazi Jehangir. They were arrested from the Jamia Nagar area in Delhi.
Prashant Kumar, Uttar Pradesh ADG (Law and Order), said that the arrested were running a conversion racket. He also mentioned that this might be a case of funding from ISI for religious conversions.
During interrogation, the duo informed that they converted around 250-300 people every year. They met people who were economically weak including women, children and disabled. He said that around 1,500 children at a deaf and dumb school in Noida embraced Islam, adding that thousands of such cases have been reported across the state.
Umar Gautan, accordig to police, himself had embraced Islam. He is a resident of Batala house in Jamia Nagar.
The top cop said that people were lured to convert their religion for money and financial stability. He added that many women have been forced to change their religion and were married off.
The accused used to run a centre named 'Islamic Dawa Centre' that got funding from all across the world. Police is also tracking those people who got trapped in this racket and is investigating further to understand how they influenced people.