More Than 20,000 Madrassas In UP Under Scanner Over Suspicion Of Funds from Abroad

New Delhi: Madrassas in Uttar Pradesh are believed to be receiving money through Europe and the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia. As a result, 24,000 madrassas in the state are under the scanner for allegedly receiving funds from abroad, with a probe set up to examine if the money was used on illegal activities like terrorism or forcible religious conversion.


As many as 8,448 madrassas are illegal and a report on their alleged illegal operations has been submitted to the state government, News18 reported quoting UP police sources.

A probe of around 30-40 madrassas in the first phase revealed that almost Rs 100 crore were directly given to these institutions. The probe committee will find out where this money has gone and each transaction will be verified through KYC. The person who was paid the money will be asked to appear and submit a statement.

As per the report, there is a rising trend of money being routed through London since there is a greater scrutiny on money 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 was quoted as saying.

The possibility of the money being routed through London by Pakistan’s ISI cannot be ruled out, another source said.

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