Anti-terrorist squad (ATS) of Uttar Pradesh Police have arrested Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui, a prominent Islamic scholar based in Muzaffarnagar in connection with a case over alleged forced mass religious conversion that it has been probing since June.
The police on Wednesday alleged that Siddiqui was carrying out religious conversion with an aim to alter the population ratio, and that funds amounting to Rs 1.5 crore from Bahrain have been found to be received by Jamia Imam Waliullah Trust that he runs. He was arrested in Meerut late Tuesday night.
Six teams of ATS have been formed to probe the evidence, UP additional director general of police (law and order) Prashant Kumar said.
He is charged under the state’s controversial anti-conversion law, Prohibition of Unlawful Religious Conversion Ordinance, 2020.
Some Islamic leaders and opposition party leaders condemned his arrest.
Hailing from Phulat in Muzaffarnagar, Siddiqui, 64, had as a student cleared the pre-medical test (PMT), securing 57th rank in the common medical entrance test, but got interested in Islamic studies and graduated from Darul Uloom, Nadwatul Ulama, an Islamic seminary in Lucknow.Internet Explorer Channel Network