In a sensational case of alleged illegal conversion in Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad, police arrested a 'maulvi' (cleric) for his role in converting a minor Hindu boy to Islam, after the father of the boy filed a complaint in the Kavinagar police station. There is also a Mumbai connection emerging in the case. Ghaziabad Police also said that a team had been sent to Mumbai's neighbouring district of Thane to arrest one Shah Nawaz Khan alias 'Baddo' who lives in Mumbra. Baddo is second accused in the case, said police.
Son came in contact with 'Mumbra' man via online gaming app
The father in his complaint said that his son had come in contact with a person named Baddo in Mumbai on an online gaming platform. The father said that it was Baddo who convinced his son to get converted to Islam and had Baddo had also sent money to the boy. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Ghaziabad, Nipun Agarwal, said that Baddo's real name is Shah Nawaz Khan and that a team has been formed and sent to Thane to arrest Baddo.
The Ghaziabad police told media that the accused targeted the victims for conversion using the online gaming app 'fortnight'. Once on the gaming platform, the victim was then taken to 'Discord' chatting app where they were shown videos praising Islam in order to convert the boy.
Kavinagar DCP Abhishek Srivastav added that the father of the boy named the cleric of the mosque as second accused. The boy used to visit the mosque and offer namaz five times a day. When asked where he was going, the boy used to say that he was going to the gym. Both the accused have been booked under the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Act, the DCP added.