By Muslim Mirror Staff
Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui was arrested by Uttar Pradesh ATS late on Tuesday night under the state’s draconian anti-conversion law.
Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, Uttar Pradesh ADG (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar said that the cleric had direct links with ”unlawful” mass conversion.
Siddiqui is a renowned Islamic scholar. He is the President of Global Peace Center and also the President of Jamiat-e-Waliullah.
Earlier, the ATS had arrested Maulana Umar Gautam and Mufti Jahangir Qasmi over the allegation of forceful conversion. Several media outlets had run a vilification campaign against the two clerics then.
So far, not a single person has alleged forceful conversion by the aforementioned clerics. In some cases, families of converted Muslims have approached the police alleging forceful conversion of their kin. But in conversion cases, the account of the family cannot be treated as true as they are likely to be different from the converted person’s narrative.
In June this year, a converted Muslim woman had approached the Delhi High Court alleging that she was threatened with police action and forced to give a false conversion statement by various people including a journalist.
The entire episode indicates that the UP Police’s recent actions are a part of the systematic witch-hunt against Muslims.
It is noteworthy that Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui had met RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s brother Anant Bhagwat in Muzaffarnagar in August 2021. They had had a conversion around Hindu-Muslim unity.
His arrest weeks after meeting the RSS leader negates the likelihood of friendship and unity between RSS and Muslims.