Illegal Conversion Racket: UP ATS conducts raids in UP, Delhi, Maharashtra, other states
In a major jolt to the conversion racket running across Uttar Pradesh, the UP Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested 17 accused from 8 provinces including Maulana Kalim Siddiqui, Umar Gautam, and Salauddin in illegal conversion. The ATS conducted nationwide raids in UP, Delhi, and Maharashtra, and other states and made arrests in connection with the case.
The ATS has disclosed that over Rs.100 crore were exchanged through banks and hawala and their assets in the name of religious trusts. Earlier, incriminating evidence- desktops, tablets, and documents were seized from them.
Mukul Goyal, DGP Uttar Pradesh said, “Action has also been taken against those who funded from abroad in this indictment. About Rs.55 crore has been exchanged from the bank accounts of these three accused from the country and abroad and the remaining money has come through hawala.”
He further said that the Uttar Pradesh ATS also busted several terrorist modules this year. In which the module of AQIS at Kakori, Lucknow, and the module of ISI at Prayagraj are prominent. In this, explosives and cartridges like cooker bombs, RDX, etc. were recovered.
On June 20, 2021, the Uttar Pradesh Police busted a religious conversion racket. During the course of the investigation, it was found out that that the racket involved the conversion of deaf children and women to Islam and more than 1,000 people were converted under various pretenses. Nine people were arrested back then which included Umar Gautam.
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