Uttar Pradesh Police arrests seven for forced religious conversion of Bahraich man

Seven persons were arrested from Nawabganj area in Bahraich after some local residents alleged that a man was forced to convert to Islam.

PTI June 28, 2017 15:17:11 IST
Uttar Pradesh Police arrests seven for forced religious conversion of Bahraich man

Bahraich (Uttar Pradesh): Seven persons were arrested from Nawabganj area in Bahraich after some local residents alleged that a man was forced to convert to Islam.

Uttar Pradesh Police arrests seven for forced religious conversion of Bahraich man

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However, Brijmohan of Shivnagra village said he embraced Islam on his own volition to marry a Muslim woman.

The man reached an Eidgah on 26 June for namaaz after which the news of his conversion spread in the area, the police said.

Brijmohan's wife left him and settled in Nepal. The father of two was persuaded by his brother Jagmohan alias Jamal, who had earlier converted to Islam, into adopting the religion and marrying a Muslim woman.

Their elder brother Sunder Gupta and some local residents objected to the conversion, alleging it hurt their religious sentiments.

Based on Gupta's complaint, an FIR was filed on Tuesday against Brijmohan, Jamal, Nanku, Irfan and three others for "luring people into religious conversion".

"A matter of religious conversion has come to light. It is being probed. Seven persons have been arrested in this connection," Superintendent of Police (rural) Ravindra Kumar Singh said.

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