ED conducts raid across Delhi and Uttar Pradesh regarding illegal religious conversion

As far as the reports are concerned, on Saturday the Enforcement Directorate (ED) carried out raids in at least six places in and around Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. The raid took place based on allegations that the deaf students and the poor people are being forced to get converted to Islam with funds coming from abroad. Officials affirmed that the raids were conducted at various locations in the national capital and its adjoining state.

Hindustan Times reported that during the raids, multiple incriminating reports were recovered that confirm that a large-scale religious conversion took place supported by the chief accused Mohammad Umar Gautam and his organizations across India. Reportedly, the documents further disclosed that the accused organization received several crores of foreign funding to carry forward these illegal conversions.

Earlier, Umar Gautam was arrested by the UP Police Anti Terror Squad along with his associate Mufti Qazi Jahangir Alam Qasmi for allegedly operating the Islamic Dawah Center outfit. Both of them are the residents of Jamia Nagar located in Delhi. The Police clarified that the outfit obtained funds from Pakistan’s inter-services intelligence (ISI) along with other foreign agencies regarding these religious conversions.

According to reports, among other locations in Delhi, the ED also carried out raids in the offices of the IDC and the residents of Mohammad Umar Gautam and Mufti Qazi Jahangir Qasmi located at Jamia Nagar of the city.  In the adjoining state, Uttar Pradesh the ED conducted a raid in the office of the Al Hassan Education and Welfare Society and the Guidance Education and Welfare Society located in Lucknow. The officials asserted that these organizations are operated by Umar Gautam that plays a pivotal role in the alleged illegal religious conversion.

In the last month, this case was brought to notice by the Uttar Pradesh Police Anti Terror Squad. After being notified the ED lodged a criminal case under the provision of stringent Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), prior to initiating its own probe.

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