“Illegal conversion racket”: the son of the main defendant arrested in Noida

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Since June, the UP ATS has made several arrests in connection with a nation-wide religious conversion union that was allegedly carried out at Gautam’s request.

So far, 16 people, including leading religious accused Umar Gautam, Kaleem Siddiqui, have been arrested by Uttar Pradesh police in connection with the case filed at ATS police station in Lucknow.

The UP Anti-Terrorism Squad on Saturday arrested the son of the main accused of the illegal racketeering of “religious conversion” in Noida. Police said Abdullah, son of the main defendant Umar Gautam, was allegedly involved in obtaining funds for large-scale conversions.

Since June, the UP ATS has made several arrests in connection with a nationwide religious conversion union that was allegedly carried out at Gautam’s request.

“It was discovered during the investigation that Abdullah had received questionable funds in various bank accounts. He was in direct contact with other union defendants and was involved in obtaining money for conversion operations. He is a prominent member of the whole religious conversion racket and has worked closely with Umar. Further details of its activities are being determined, ”UP ATS said in a statement.

Police will now seek pre-trial detention to gather more details of the racketeering, an officer said.

According to the police, Abdullah would have received Rs 75 lakh in various bank accounts, of which Rs 17 lakh came from foreign sources. The accused allegedly gave cash incentives to those who converted, police said. “It is suspected that the defendants also bought properties with the funds they received,” added the officer.

So far, the UP ATS has found evidence of hawala funding to the tune of nearly Rs 57 crore received by Gautam and his collaborators for the racket. The defendants have received money in their bank accounts from countries like the UK and the US, officials said.

During the investigation, police said it also emerged that Abdullah was taking care of the madrasa and the organization of his father, the Islamic Dawah Center (IDB) in Delhi, which allegedly carried out a conversion. in large scale. The father and son also ran the Al Faruqi Mosque and the Madrasa.

The family lived in Batla House before moving after Gautam’s arrest in June. Abdullah continued to live briefly in the apartment on the fourth floor.

“The family stayed here for years but left after Umar Gautam’s arrest. They stayed together… Following the media presence, they decided to live elsewhere. The son, Abdullah, had an office nearby, ”said the building keeper.

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. A total of 17 people have been arrested in this case so far.

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