The investigation into three members of a family being “brainwashed” to embrace Islam in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district has been transferred to the State Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), a senior officer said.
The ATS officer said state Director General of Police (DGP), Ashish Bhatia, transferred the probe from the Banaskantha police to the Gujarat ATS.
The decision was taken after thousands of people joined a rally taken out by Hindu organisations in Deesa town in the Banaskantha district to protest against the alleged conversion of three members of a family, including two women, which led to one of their kin attempting suicide.
On August 27, one Haresh Solanki tried to kill himself by consuming poison at a temple in Palanpur town of Banaskantha.
In his complaint to the police, Solanki, a resident of Deesa, claimed he was depressed since his wife, son, and daughter were brainwashed by one Ejaz Shaikh and his family members into converting to Islam and started living separately from him.
“It was alleged that Ejaz had first lured Solanki’s college-going daughter and then convinced her mother and brother to convert to Islam too. When Solanki protested, Ejaz took the three members with him and demanded Rs 25 lakh from Solanki,” said a police officer.