The misuse of foreign funds to promote madrassa education in the state will be thoroughly investigated. It is suspected that funding from foreign countries is promoting anti-national and illegal religious conversion activities. The rapid growth of madrassas in the areas bordering Nepal in the last few years has raised concerns about threats to internal security.

State Bureau, Lucknow. The misuse of foreign funds to promote madrassa education in the state will be thoroughly investigated. It is suspected that funding from foreign countries is promoting anti-national and illegal religious conversion activities. 

The rapid growth of madrassas in the areas bordering Nepal in the last few years has raised concerns about threats to internal security. On the instructions of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, a three-member SIT (Special Investigation Team) was formed under the chairmanship of ADG ATS (Anti-Terrorism Squad) Mohit Aggarwal to investigate the misuse of foreign funds in madrassas. 

SP cyber crime professor in SIT. Triveni Singh and Director, Minority Welfare Department J. Reebha will join as a member. Orders have been given to investigate after information about foreign funding of more than four thousand unrecognized religious schools came to light.

Will ask for transaction information

There are 16,513 recognized religious schools and 8,500 unrecognized religious schools in the state. Sources said the SIT will systematically investigate the funding status of all 25,000 madrassas. Information about transactions through Foreign Exchange Accounts (EEFC) will be obtained by issuing a notification to all Madrasas. 

After this, those religious schools which receive funds from foreign countries will be included in the list. After this it will be investigated from which countries and for which activities the money was sent. 

The number of illegal religious schools is increasing on the Nepal border.

According to an official, there are around 50 to 1,000 religious temples in Balrampur, Sidhnagar, Shravasti, Balaich, Lakhimpurkhiri and some other areas around Pilibhit and Nepal Border School. Their number has increased rapidly in the last few years in the areas bordering Nepal.

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Recently, the Ministry of Minority Affairs has also investigated unrecognized religious schools in several areas, many of which may not provide clear information about their revenue sources. Foreign funding to religious schools will now be closely scrutinized.

ATS exposed foreign investment misuse case

Recently, ATS had arrested three active members of the gang involved in infiltration of Bangladeshi citizens and Rohingyas. The investigation revealed that NGOs working in Delhi received Rs 20 crore in foreign funds in three years to help the infiltrators.

Foreign money is spent on the wrong things 

The money was sent to various NGOs to promote educational activities, while the group used the funds from abroad to provide shelter to infiltrators in various areas by changing identities through forged documents. In such a situation, many important facts will come to light in the investigation of foreign funding of religious schools.

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