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Siddiqui was produced in a court on Wednesday and the ATS had sought a 10-day custody to probe the case, ADG Prashant Kumar said.
Upendra Bharti | HENB | Lucknow | Sept 24, 2021:: The Uttar Pradesh ATS on Thursday got a 10-day remand of Islamic scholar Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui, who was arrested for running a “conversion syndicate” to promote “Conversion Jihad”.
The Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) had arrested Siddiqui on Tuesday from Meerut for illegal conversion of people to Islam. The UP cleric was held for ‘running India’s biggest conversion syndicate for over 30 years’ with the aid of ‘huge foreign funding’.
Siddiqui was produced in a court on Wednesday and the ATS had sought a 10-day custody to probe the case, ADG (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar said.
The Special Additional District and Session Court (NIA/ATS) awarded the custody after going through evidence presented by the prosecution, the officer said.
The remand period started from September 24, 10 am.
Maulana Siddiqui will be interrogated to get more information from him about his links, he said.
Siddiqui, a well-known Islamic scholar from Meerut, was arrested three months after Delhi’s Jamia Nagar residents Mufti Qazi Jahangir Alam Qasmi and Mohammad Umar Gautam were apprehended by the ATS.
Qasmi and Gautam were running Islamic Dawah Centre, an outfit allegedly working on the ISI funding for converting deaf-mute students to Islam, according to officials.
Huge foreign funding has been traced in this conversion racket, mainly from gulf countries through hawala transactions in a blatant violation of Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act.
The ATS has so far arrested 10 people in connection with this illegal Islamic conversion racket, Kumar said.
Those arrested were booked under relevant sections of the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Act, 2020 (sec. 3 & 5) and the Indian Penal Code (sec. 420, 120B, 153A, 153B, 295 and 511), as per reports available.
An ATS statement said six teams have been formed to investigate the case in which 10 arrests have been made. The sleuths said that Siddiqui ran multiple Islamic trusts and used these as a “garb to operate the illegal conversion syndicate”. The Islamic Da’wah Centre in Jamia Nagar, Delhi, was the nerve centre, where the cleric would “steer his illegal missionary work” while his Shah Waliullah Trust in Delhi was the “key front for routing hawala money”, it has been alleged. Siddiqui’s other trusts in Delhi and Haryana included Global Peace Centre and Peace Mission (Mustafabad), Madrassa Sabeel-us-Salam (Jamia Nagar), Dawat-e-Islam Trust (DEIT), Mewat, and World Peace Organisation.
Mysterious RSS closeness of Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui
The 64-year-old Islamic scholar was arrested on Tuesday night, days after he attended an event in Mumbai on September 7, named ‘Rashtra Pratham Rashtra Sarvopari’, organised by a think-tank ‘Global Strategic Policy Foundation’ where Mohan Bhagwat was the key speaker. Siddiqui had showered praise on the RSS chief. Afterwards. Kaleem Siddiqui also met RSS Chief personally for an intimate discussion.
“Bhagwat works for all and has the power to change things for Muslims in India,” the cleric had said, adding that he he had “personally interacted with Bhagwat” after the event where he had gone on the invitation of Bhagwat’s cousin, Dr Anant Bhagwat.
Now, the closeness of radical Islamist like Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui who set his only goal of Islamization of India through the invitation (Da’wah) of conversion, with RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat’s cousin – Anant Bhagwat (as reported by TOI) and his Global Strategic Policy Foundation, started a new controversy.
The Pune based Global Strategic Policy Foundation (which is mere a NGO, pumped with funds from many RSS affiliate organisations or sympathizers) and its Chairman Anant Bhagwat tried to highlight a notorious Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui as an icon of Hindu-Muslim goodwill and harmony and proponent of ‘Ganga Jamuni Tehzeeb’ (culture of doab region of Ganges and Yamuna rivers in northern India).
In a video released by Phulat International (another youtube video platform of Islamic Da’wah Center), it was seen that Anant Bhagwat personally reached to Phulat Madrassa in Khatauli Block in Muzaffarnagar District of Uttar Pradesh to invite Islamic Conversionist Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui with a team of Global Strategic Policy Foundation on 18th August 2021.
In that meeting Anant Bhagwat and Kaleem Siddiqui mutually praised one another expressing their closeness to go ahead and Kaseem accepted the invitation of Anant to join Mohan Bhagwat’s meeting in Mumbai as scheduled on Sept 7.
Interestingly, this Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui claimed that Former RSS Chief K S Sudarshan was also converted into Islam in the greatness of Islamic Da’wah.
It is not clear that how such a subversive and radical personality like Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui who had a link in Shaheen Bagh Protest resulting North East Delhi Riots (23 Feb 2020 – 29 Feb 2020) and engaged into Islamic conversion for last 30 years, came to the close proximity of RSS Chief’s cousin, Anant Bhagwat and RSS supported organistaion, Global Strategic Policy Foundation, Pune.
It’s a perplex that how BJP’s ‘added’ motto ‘Saavka Bisaws’ (trust of everybody) has influenced Sangha Parivar (RSS Family Tree) to imbibe many anti-Hindutva concepts like ‘Same DNA of Hindu-Muslims’, ‘Hindu-Muslims have same ancestors’, ‘Ganga Jamuni Tehzeeb’ and so many ultra secular sounding ideologies to praise many Radical Islamic leaders like Maulana Kaseem Siddiqui including others and to share dais with them to harm real Hindutva and Hindu unity concepts.
A probe must be initiated to assess the Islamic penetration in RSS body obviously.
The close connection of RSS with many radical Islamist leaders in the name of ‘Hindu-Muslim Goodwill’ has been strongly criticized by many forums including Jaipur Dialogues and India Speaks Daily.
__inputs from PTI, Phulat International, Agencies.