Alarm: Conversion Case: Overwhelming Evidence by Ats Leads to Defendant’s Bail Cancellation | Lucknow News

Lucknow: Effective follow-up and overwhelming evidence produced by the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (UPATS) led to the quashing of bail applications by a special court in five cases of religious conversions, which included kingpins – Maulana Kalim and Jahangir Alam – arrested by the ATS in June last year.
Three other cases, where the anti-terrorist squad has proven its worth, concern the dismantling of a syndicate of human traffickers on the Indo-Bangladesh border.
Additional Director General of Police, ATS Gajendra Kumar Goswamy, who is leading the investigation, said an indictment has been filed against 17 people charged with illegal religious conversion and that the bail applications of the kingpins , Alam and Kalim, were rejected.
“We were able to trace over Rs 100 crore of money received by the syndicate from India and abroad through banking and hawala transactions, which were invested in the purchase of personal assets by members of Trust.
The religious conversion network was not limited to the National Capital Region, but stretched across the country,” the officer said.
He said the ATS team worked hard on the cases and the charges were supported by evidence.
The officer also said that in the human trafficking case, the bail applications of three defendants, Mohammad Qayyum Sikdar, Azizullah and Noor Alam, were rejected by the court.
The trio were part of a syndicate that smuggled Bangladeshis and Rohingyas into India through the porous border along West Bengal and sent them overseas after providing them with fake Indian identities.
“Of the 123 people arrested by the ATS last year, no one was released on bail thanks to the deliberation, evidence gathering and effective advocacy of the ATS,” Goswamy said.

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