Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir spewed communal venom on Saturday alleging that around 1,000 non-Muslims are converted in every single month in the Malappuram district of Kerala.
Malappuram is the most Muslim populated district in the state.
Ahir claimed conversions take place in the district in a large scale adding that Muslims and Christian residents are compelled to leave their religion.
He also said that the Kerala government is yet to submit an inquiry report sought by the Centre on alleged religious conversions taking place in Malappuram.
“There is a big centre…that centre is in Malappuram district (in Kerala. Conversions take place there. In a month, about 1,000 people are converted. There is a report that Hindus and Christians are made Muslims”, Ahir said.
I went there in May. I had a meeting with DG, … Chief Secretary. I told them, what is this centre that 1,000 (people) are converted in a month. On what basis? Do they take advantage of poverty, give warnings, talk about employment. What do they do? Find out. The matter is coming outHansraj Ahir, Union Minister of State for Home
The minister was responding to a query on the NIA indicating a “pattern” vis-a-vis issue of ‘love jihad’ in the Supreme Court while dealing with the matter. Ahir, however, did not comment on the issue, noting that it is sub-judice.
The minister was in Hyderabad to attend programmes organised by the Telangana unit of the BJP on Friday.
“The state government (in LDF-ruled Kerala) has not yet sent any report after inquiring the issue though I had asked for it,” the minister said. “Now, the NIA (National Investigation Agency) has been entrusted with the inquiry. Whatever is there, it will come out after the inquiry. But, even after we have written, the government has not sent its inquiry report,” Ahir added.