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Muzaffarnagar Conversion Case: UP ATS Arrests Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui

New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh police officials confirmed on Wednesday, UP Anti-Terrorist Squad has arrested Islamic scholar Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui, a resident of Muzaffarnagar, in connection with India’s largest religious conversion syndicate busted by the ATS. The 64-year-old Islamic scholar’s name had cropped up during an investigation into a conversion racket run by Delhi’s Batla House… Continue reading Muzaffarnagar Conversion Case: UP ATS Arrests Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui

Islamic Scholar Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui. (Source: Twitter Image)

New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh police officials confirmed on Wednesday, UP Anti-Terrorist Squad has arrested Islamic scholar Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui, a resident of Muzaffarnagar, in connection with India’s largest religious conversion syndicate busted by the ATS.

The 64-year-old Islamic scholar’s name had cropped up during an investigation into a conversion racket run by Delhi’s Batla House resident Mohammad Umar Gautam. Umar Gautam was jailed on June 20, this year after the UP police rounded him up and Mufti Kazi Jahangir Kasmi, an employee of the Islamic Da’wah Centre. Gautam named Siddiqui during the interrogation and since then he was on the ATS radar due to suspicious activities.

Uttar Pradesh ADG (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar
Uttar Pradesh ADG (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar addressing media on Sept 22, 2021. (ANI Photo)

According to the police officials, Siddiqui runs a Jamia Imam Waliullah trust that funds several madrassas for which he has received approximately Rs 3 crores through foreign funding.

“Investigation shows Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui’s trust received Rs 3 crores in foreign funding including Rs 1.5 from Bahrain. Six teams of ATS have been formed to investigate this case, ” said Uttar Pradesh ADG (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar, on Wednesday.

According to police, Siddiqui was arrested last night as soon as he arrived in Meerut. He is currently in the custody of UP police and is undergoing interrogation.