Uttar Pradeshs (UP) Anti-Terrorism Squad (UP ATS), on Friday night, arrested three men from Nagpur under the states anti-Religion Conversion law.
As per reports, the three accused- Prasad Rameshwar Kavale of Nagpur, Kausar Alam Shaukat Ali Khan of Jharkhand and Bhupriya Bando Devidas Mankar of Gadchiroli, were arrested from Ganeshpeth, Nagpur.
According to the officials, an FIR was filled against the accused at Gomti nagar police station, Lucknow.
The complaint was registered under UPs anti-Religion Conversion law.
The Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance (anti-Religion Conversion law) of 2020, which was introduced in November last year, prohibited unlawful religious conversions and voids marriages if they are carried out for the sole purpose of religious conversion.
If found guilty, it could lead to imprisonment of up to 10 years and a maximum fine of ? 50,000 under different categories.
As per the UP police, they had recovered a register from some of the accused arrested earlier.
Details of over 1,000 people from six states namely – Maharashtra, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, and Delhi were mentioned in it.
Introduced by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government, the law created quite a controversy.
It was heavily criticised by the Opposition and accused the UP government of ?damaging? India’s secular ethos with their policies.
UPs ATS had made several arrests in the past few months and had claimed to have busted a nation-wide religion conversion racket.
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