Mumbai: Two aides of Zakir Naik recently arrested from Mumbai by the anti-terrorism squad (ATS) have made some startling revelations.
Rizwan Khan and Arshid Qureshi, both Naik aides, had facilitated the conversion of around 800 people across the country, ATS officials said.
Both are connected to controversial televangelist Zakir Naik's Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), the Times of India reported citing officials.
Officials said documents and marriage certificates seized from Khan indicate that the duo had converted over 800 Christians and Hindus to Islam.
Rizwan however denied his involvement in any forced conversion.
Citing ATS officials, the report said that the arrested accused, along with two other organizations apart from the IRF, were working to carry out conversions on a very large scale. And IRF is an umbrella organization.
"It's a very critical issue and needs to be addressed on a priority basis," the report said citing an officer monitoring the situation.
The officials also reportedly stated that the organizations involved in conversion mainly target college students and jail inmates after providing them legal and financial help.