Kin of man booked under Uttar Pradesh’s new ‘love jihad’ law flee village | India News – Times of India

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BAREILLY: Family members and relatives of the man booked under the newly promulgated Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance 2020 have left their houses and village “fearing police harassment” in Bareilly. The accused, Uwaish Ahmad, first to have been booked under the law, is still absconding and police have formed teams to arrest him. A team raided the house of a relative in Rampur but couldn’t find him there.
Sources claimed some of Ahmad’s relatives have been detained in a bid to “force the accused to surrender”. Bareilly ASP (rural) Sansaar Singh said, “We are questioning people known to the accused to find his hideout.” Some members of the right-wing groups now want police to slap the new ordinance against accused in old cases as well, but police have so far turned down their demand.
Voicing his concern over the newly enacted law, Salman Hasan Khan Qadri, vicepresident of Dargah-e-Ala Hazrat, said, “This may disturb the communal harmony. There are high chances that the law would be abused like it happened in the Deorania case. The statement of the woman is not yet recorded and she had never made any complaint against the man.
Police should have registered the case after initial investigation only. Now, the family members and relatives of the man have left their house fearing police action. ” DIG Rajesh Kumar Pandey said, “There is no way that the new law could be slapped in an old case. Even in the Deorania case, we will record the statement of the woman and her father soon and take the necessary action. The accused is absconding and we are trying to arrest him. His family members are also missing but police had never put pressure or harassed them as none of them is an accused in this case. The security in the village has been increased to ensure peace.”

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