UP Police from Gorakhpur Off to Karnataka to Arrest ‘Love Jihad’ Suspect

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Police action comes after a Hindu woman goes missing and a Muslim name pops up in her phone call records

Team Clarion 

NEW DELHI — A police team from Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, has left for Karnataka to arrest a suspect booked under the controversial anti-conversion ordinance, popularly known as ‘Love-Jihad’ law. The suspect is Muslim youth against whom a case of kidnapping under section 366 and 363 and forced conversion under different sections of the new ordinance has been registered.

The police action comes after a Hindu woman went missing from her home and her father filed a written complaint. According to reports, police have claimed that the missing woman was found to be in touch with the Muslim youth who lives in Karnataka. The basis of this claim is discovery of his mobile number in the call records of the missing woman.

The complaint was filed by the woman’s father, a retired soldier, on January 5, a day after she did not return from college.

The police zeroed in on the accused after accessing the call records of the missing woman and traced the suspicious number in Bijapur, Karnataka.

The complaint alleges that one Mehboob became friends with the woman in 2019 after identifying himself as a Hindu. The father has said that the man may force her daughter to convert.

Niraj Kumar Rai, in-charge of Chiluatal police station, was quoted in the Indian Express as saying, “The allegation is that a Muslim youth lured his daughter and took her away to pressure her for conversion. The father did not have any information about the accused earlier and a missing person report was filed on January 5.”

The police had claimed during the investigation they found the woman used to talk to a man who her father suspects is a Muslim and has made allegations of love Jihad against him.

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