Kerala's Malappuram is 'big centre' of religious conversions, says Union minister Hansraj Ahir

Hyderabad: The Kerala government is yet to submit an inquiry report sought by the Centre on alleged religious conversions taking place in Malappuram district, Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said.

"There is a big centre...that centre is in Malappuram district (in Kerala)," the minister said alleging, "Conversions take place there. In a month, about 1,000 people
are converted. There is a report that Hindus and Christians are made Muslims."

File photo of Hansraj Ahir. News18

File photo of Hansraj Ahir. News18

"I went there in May. I had a meeting with DG, ... Chief Secretary. I told them, what is this centre that 1,000 (people) are converted in a month. On what basis? Do they take advantage of poverty, give warnings, talk about employment. What do they do? Find out. The matter is coming out," Ahir told PTI.

The minister was responding to a query on the NIA indicating a "pattern" vis-a-vis issue of 'love jihad' in the Supreme Court while dealing with the matter.

Ahir, however, did not comment on the issue, noting that it is sub-judice.

The minister was in Hyderabad to attend programmes organised by the Telangana unit of the BJP on Friday.

"The state government (in LDF-ruled Kerala) has not yet sent any report after inquiring the issue though I had asked for it," the minister said.

"Now, the NIA (National Investigation Agency) has been entrusted with the inquiry. Whatever is there, it will come out after the inquiry. But, even after we have written, the government has not sent its inquiry report," Ahir said.

Updated Date: Aug 19, 2017 16:17 PM

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