Uttar Pradesh Police arrested Maunala Umar Gautam for allegedly being part of a nationwide religious conversion racket. He was born in a Thakur family of Fatehpur in 1964 and embraced Islam under the influence of his Muslim friends while pursuing higher studies (BSc and MSc Agriculture) in Nainital in 1984, said police.
UP Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) said that Umar Gautam, 57, and Jahangir Alam, 52, are both residents of Jamia Nagar in New Delhi. The ATS claimed that the racket was allegedly funded by international organizations, including Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI, for the conversion of specially-abled children and other vulnerable groups of society. The accused were involved in the conversion of over 1,000 people in the last 18 months, claimed police.
A senior ATS official said Umar Gautam alias Shyam Prakash looked for vulnerable people for conversion and influenced them by narrating his own story of being a Thakur who embraced Islam.