November 16, 2021
The accused have been charged under the Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Act and several sections of Indian Penal Code
NEW DELHI – Gujarat Police have booked nine people, including one based in London, in connection with conversion of over 100 tribals from 37 families of the “Vasava Hindu” community. All those who have embraced Islam are residents of Kankariya village in Amod taluka of the Bharuch district, reports Press Trust of India news agency quoting police on Monday.
The police believe that Fefdawala Haji Abdul, who is currently residing in London, collected funds from abroad “to lure” the tribals into conversion to Islam. Eight others against whom FIR has been registered are local residents
“The illegal religious conversion activity by Muslim fundamentalists using funds collected from abroad was going on for a long time at the village. The accused persons lured the Vasava Hindu community members by offering them money and other help to convert them fraudulently to Islam by entering into a criminal conspiracy hatched to spread animosity between members of two communities and affect peace,” Bharuch police said in a statement.
The nine persons were charged under the Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Act, as well as Sections 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy), 153 (B)(C) (act likely to cause disharmony), and 506 (2) (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code, police said.