The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) arrested renowned Islamic scholar Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui of Meerut on Wednesday for allegedly running the “largest conversion union.” The ATS said the cleric’s name came up during the investigation of a case filed in Lucknow in which cleric Umar Gautam and others have been charged.
Siddiqui, 64, was arrested three months after the residents of Jamia Nagar in Delhi, Mufti Qazi Jahangir Alam Qasmi and Mohammad Umar Gautam, were detained by the ATS on June 20. Qasmi and Gautam ran the Dawah Islamic Center, a team supposedly working on funding the ISI. for converting deaf-mute students to Islam, according to officials.
Prashant Kumar, Additional Director General (ADG), Law & Order, said the ATS has so far arrested 10 people from different parts of the country in connection with their investigation into the alleged conversion fraud.