UP: Another detainee in a case of “illegal conversion racketeering”
The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested another person in connection with the alleged illegal conversion racketeering, bringing the total number of arrests to 15.
In a statement released on Thursday, ATS said Sarfaraz Ali Jafri, who looked after the work of the Kaleem Siddiqui World Peace Center, had been arrested in Lucknow.
Kaleem Siddiqui had previously been arrested by ATS.
“We found evidence that outside of the Global Peace Center, Jafri was involved in illegal conversion activities as part of social work as part of the Humanity for All organization. Jafri used undue influence and wrong leadership to convert people to Islam and take care of them by giving them a new identity, a new job, organizing their marriage, etc. Jafri received money for such work from Siddiqui, ”ATS said.
Claiming that Jafri allegedly used foreign funds for illegal conversions, ATS said it found “evidence” on his phone showing the monthly schedule for the conversion work. “He will be presented in court. We will ask for his custody, ”said ATS.
On June 20, ATS claimed to have uncovered an alleged illegal conversion racket by arresting three people – residents of Jamia Nagar in Delhi, Mufti Qazi, Jahangir Alam Qasmi and Mohammad Umar Gautam.
Since then, ATS has arrested 12 people from UP, Delhi and Maharashtra in connection with the case. Among those subsequently arrested were Kaleem Siddiqui, Rameshwar Kavde, Bhupriya Bando alias Arsalan Mustafa, Kaushar Alam, Hafiz Idris, Mohammad Saleem and Dheeraj Jagtap.
They were reserved under sections of the IPC and the Prohibition of Illegal Religious Conversion Ordinance.
They were accused of carrying out a “nationwide conversion racket”.
The ATS claimed that Umar Gautam was the mastermind behind the racketeering, which allegedly targeted women, the unemployed and poor, promising them a good education, marriage, jobs, money and other things. Some of them have been accused of collecting money via the hawala road.