An FIR was registered against nine people in Bharuch district of Gujarat including a person currently living in London. Over 100 tribals were offered money and made to change their religion, the officals said.
The Gujarat Police has registered cases under the Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Act et al. against nine Muslims for allegedly converting 100 people from 37 Hindu families to Islam.
An FIR was registered in Gujarat’s Bharuch district against nine people including a person currently living in London. Over 100 tribals were offered money and made to change their religion, an offical said.
As reported by the wire, an official said, “The accused persons took advantage of the weak economic condition and illiteracy among the members of the tribal community to lure them into conversion to Islam over a long period.”
All nine accused are from the state except Fefdawala Haji Abdul who is currently living in London. The official also claimed that Haji Abdul collected funds from abroad for the purpose.
The Bharuch police said in a statement, “The illegal religious conversion activity by Muslim fundamentalists using funds collected from abroad was going on for a long time at the village. The accused persons lured the Vasava Hindu community members by offering them money and other help to convert them fraudulently to Islam by entering into a criminal conspiracy hatched to spread animosity between members of two communities and affect peace.”
The police said that all nine persons are were booked under the Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Act, as well as sections 153 (B)(C) (act likely to cause disharmony), 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy), and 506 (2) (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.
The accused mentioned in the FIR have been identified as Samad Bakerywala, Abdul Aziz Patel, Yusuf Patel, Fafdaawala Haji Abdulla, Ayyub Patel, Ibrahim Patel, Hasan Tisli, Shabbir Bakerywala, and Ismail Achhodwala.