Bareilly: Family members and relatives of a person booked under the newly declared Uttar Pradesh Untitled Conversion Act 2020 have left their homes and village in Bareilly for fear of “police harassment” The accused, Uwaish Ahmed, who had earlier been prosecuted under the law, is still on the run and police have formed teams to arrest him. The team raided the house of a relative of Rampur but could not find him.
Sources said some of Ahmed’s relatives have been arrested in an attempt to “force the accused to surrender.” Bareilly ASP (Rural) Sansar Singh said, “We are questioning the people we know to find the hideout of the accused.” Some members of right-wing groups now want the police to strike a new verdict against the accused in the old cases, but the police have so far rejected their demand.
Concerned about the newly enacted law, Salman Hasan Khan Qadri, vice-president of Dargah-e-Ala Hazrat, said, “This is a matter of communal harmony. There are more chances of misusing the law as in the case of Deorenia. The woman’s statement has not yet been filed and she has not filed any complaint against the man.
The police had to file the case only after the preliminary investigation. Now, that person’s family members and relatives have fled their home, fearing police action. DIG Rajesh Kumar Pandey said, “In the old case, there is no way to strike a new law. Even in the case of Deorenia, we will soon record the statement of the woman and her father and take necessary action. The accused is a fugitive and we are trying to arrest him. His family members are also missing but police were never pressured or harassed because no one was charged in the case. Security has been enhanced in the village to ensure peace. ”

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