Uttar Pradesh Police’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has busted a nationwide Islamic conversion racket and arrested two persons. The suspects have been identified as Mufti Qazi Jahangir Qasmi and Mohammad Umar Gautam. They are both residents of Jamia Nagar in south Delhi.
Uttar Pradesh Police said the racket involved targeted deaf and dumb women and children to Islam. The cops said more than 1,000 people had been converted so far. Police said more than a dozen children of a deaf and dumb school in Noida were converted.
An FIR has been lodged with Gomti Nagar police station under the state’s new anti-conversion law. The name of the chairman of Islamic Da’wah Centre is mentioned in the FIR.
Uttar Pradesh ADG (Law and order) Prashant Kumar said the police had evidence that the racket had overseas benefactors who funded it. “Both were arrested after interrogation. We have got important evidence and documents of foreign funding,” he said at a press conference.
“The deaf and dumb son of a couple living in Kalyanpur, Kanpur, was converted and sent to south India. Thousands of such cases have come to light. The people were promised money and jobs in lieu of conversion,” said Uttar Pradesh ADG (Law and order) Prashant Kumar.
Prashant Kumar, Uttar Pradesh ADG (Law and Order), said that the arrested were running a conversion racket. He said that the racket was being funded by Pakistan’s notorious spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
During interrogation, the suspects said that they converted around 250-300 people every year. They met people who were economically weak. These targets included women, children and the disabled. He said that around 1,500 children at a special school for the deaf and dumb in Noida had embraced Islam. They confessed that there were thousands of such cases in the state.
Umar Gautam, accordig to police, himself had embraced Islam.