The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) on Wednesday arrested 64-year-old cleric Kaleem Siddiqui for allegedly being a part of an unlawful conversion racket. The ATS mentioned his identify got here up throughout the investigation of a case filed in Lucknow through which cleric Umar Gautam and others have been charged.
In accordance with the ATS, Siddiqui was arrested from Meerut round 9 pm on Tuesday and was delivered to the ATS headquarters in Lucknow.
Stating that it has shaped six groups to probe the case, the ATS mentioned it has moved a petition within the court docket searching for Siddiqui’s custody. Siddiqui is the ninth particular person to be arrested within the alleged unlawful conversion racket.
“Through the investigation, it got here to gentle that Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui, a local of Muzaffarnagar, who largely lives in Delhi, is concerned in unlawful conversions. It was discovered that within the garb of academic and social organisations, he was concerned in unlawful conversions throughout the nation and was receiving funds from overseas nations for this. This conversion racket was being run in an organised method and a number of other widespread folks and outfits are additionally concerned in it. It was additionally discovered that he ran India’s largest conversion syndicate and transformed non-Muslims by deceiving them,” the ATS mentioned in an announcement on Wednesday.
It mentioned Siddiqui ran a Belief named Jamia Imam Waliullah, which within the identify of social concord, transformed folks by bribing them.
“It additionally got here to gentle that together with the Belief, Siddiqui additionally funded a number of madrasas and that he obtained funding from overseas for this, which got here by way of hawala and different channels. By means of madrasas, the cleric, within the garb of giving a message for the unity of humanity, spoke about heaven and hell and put worry and greed within the minds of individuals, encouraging them to simply accept Islam. He then inspired them to transform others,” the assertion added.
ATS Inspector Basic GK Goswamy mentioned that textual content written by Siddiqui was used for changing folks by way of the supplies obtainable on-line in addition to offline. “He used to make folks imagine that the association made as per Shariat can guarantee justice for all…,” Goswamy mentioned.
Kaleem’s Youtube channel has 1.15 lakh subscribers which have dozens of movies through which he talks about faith and social points.