New Delhi, July 20: The Uttar Pradesh Anti Terrorist Squad said that a group led by two clerics from Delhi had illegally converted at least 900 people to Islam in around 23 districts. The ATS had arrested Umar Gautam and Mufti Qazi and seven others for allegedly converting over a 1,000 people to Islam after luring them with money, marriage and jobs.
The ATS said that the names of 1,000 people are being prepared and more details will be made available following the interrogation of the accused persons. The names have been sent to the various districts for verification, the ATS further added.
For the security agencies, the arrest of Abdul Naeem from Varanasi was a major breakthrough. His questioning has revealed some shocking details about his plans which spread across to Uttar Pradesh, Himachal, and Delhi. In a joint operation conducted by the National Investigation Agency and the Uttar Pradesh ATS, Naeem was picked up from Varanasi.
“I want to attain shahdat (martyrdom),” the suspected Islamic State operative said when asked to surrender. Saifullah, an alleged Islamic State operative was gunned down following a 11-hour encounter on the outskirts of Lucknow on Wednesday. The police carried out a search operation following the encounter.
During the search operation, the police found a variety of material such as pistols, maps and also a picture suggesting that the UP ATS was their target. Several cell phones and material to prepare bombs were also recovered. Saifullah, according to the police was responsible for the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train explosion on Tuesday. Here are some images of the things recovered: