24000 Madrassas under scrutiny in Uttar Pradesh for ‘receiving funds from abroad’

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Approximately 24,000 madrassas in Uttar Pradesh have come under intense scrutiny as authorities investigate allegations of receiving funds from abroad. The focus of the probe is to determine whether these funds were utilized for illegal activities such as “terrorism or coercive religious conversions.”
Top sources within the Uttar Pradesh police told media that out of the targeted madrassas, a staggering 8,448 have been identified as illegal. A report detailing their alleged illicit operations has already been submitted to the state government.
In the initial phase of the investigation, The authorities said that approximately 30-40 madrassas underwent scrutiny, revealing that nearly Rs 100 crore were directly injected into these institutions. The ongoing probe aims to trace the destination of these funds, with each transaction subject to rigorous Know Your Customer (KYC) verification. Individuals who received the money will be summoned to provide statements regarding the usage of these funds.
The authorities have said that the funds are reported to have originated from Europe and the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia. Officials have observed a growing trend of routing money through London, possibly due to increased scrutiny on funds originating from the Middle East.
“We are trying to find out who these people sending this money are. Their genuineness is under the scanner,” a source stated, emphasizing the need to investigate the authenticity of the entities transferring the funds.
Furthermore, concerns have been raised by the authorities about the possibility of the funds being routed through London by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
Over the past few years, the emergence of several madrassas along the Nepal border has caught the attention of officials. Regions including Maharajganj, Siddharthnagar, Shravasti, Balrampur, Bahraich, Lakhimpur Kheri, and Pilibhit, which share borders with Nepal, have witnessed a notable increase in the establishment of these educational institutions.
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