Kanpur: The Kanpur Police have constituted an eight-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate ‘love jihad’ cases. It has come to light that around 11 cases of forced conversion on the pretext of marriage were reported in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur in the past one month.
In the wake of such cases, Hindu organisations met IG Kanpur Mohit Agarwal and sought a probe into the matter. Led by Deepak Baker, the superintendent of police, Kanpur (South), the SIT has been asked to find out if there is any fixed pattern or modus operandi behind the alleged incidents. The SIT has also been tasked to probe the alleged role of Islamic organisations in financing the ‘love jihad’ racket in Kanpur.
“There is a strong possibility that some Islamic outfits may be providing financial assistance to a handful of organisations involved in such anti-national acts,” news agency IANS mentioned an official as saying.
This is to be noted that most of the alleged ‘love jihad’ cases have surfaced from the Juhi area. The Kanpur Police are probing the conspiracy angle to ascertain if youth involved in this are being financed from abroad.
SP Deepak Bhuker has, meanwhile, said that they have sought the assistance of a special SWAT team for the purpose of surveillance.
He added that the SIT has asked local police stations to share details of all alleged ‘love jihad’ cases reported in the last two years. Bhuker further said the team has been working on records related to a dozen phone numbers to verify links.
The team has also been collecting information about such couples and their bank accounts and taking statements of their family members. It is also extracting phone numbers of their aides.
In July, a Kanpur woman, Shalini Yadav, married a Muslim man, Faisal. As per the girl’s family, it was the case of ‘love jihad’. However, the couple approached a court in Delhi and denied allegations of forced conversion. The girl even posted a video on social media, claiming that she had married and converted out of her own as per her own choice.
Speaking about the case, Bhuker said the couple approached the Delhi High Court and also appeared before a magistrate at the Tis Hazari court, rejecting the allegations.
He added that since Shalini Yadav is a major, police cannot do anything about it. A closure report will be sent to the court soon, he added.
Police are, meanwhile, attempting to find such instances when the youth concealed their true identity to marry women.
In the meantime, the Kanpur Police have held two men — Mohsin Khan and Aamir — in an alleged ‘love jihad’ case. Mohsin Khan posed as Sameer and allegedly befriended a girl and then married her, said an official.