College has said it won't allow conversion: UP police

The Uttar Pradesh police on Monday said that the institution where proposed conversion was to take place on has given in writing that it would not allow such an event on December 25.

PTI| Last Updated: Dec 15, 2014, 19:59 PM IST

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh police on Monday said that the institution where proposed conversion was to take place on has given in writing that it would not allow such an event on December 25.

"The programme was scheduled to be held at an intermediate college, but they have assured in writing and verbally (that they won't allow the programme)," IG (Law and Order) A Satish Ganesh told reporters here.

He said that the district magistrate and the SSP have also contacted the college management.

Notwithstanding the stern warning issued by the district administration, the Dharm Jagaran Samiti has announced its determination to go ahead with its re-conversion programme on December 25.

"This is not conversion programme but a ceremony to welcome those persons who had left the Hindu fold in the past and are ready to return back because of dissatisfaction which they experienced after conversion. We are ready to fight a legal battle if the district administration tries to prevent our ceremony," organisation secretary of the Samiti, Vidyaram Pandey had told reporters.

The BJP has adopted a cautious approach on the issue saying it would help the organisers if asked.

"We are not organising this ceremony but if the organisers including the Bajrang Dal seek our help on this score, we will certainly do whatever we can to help them," BJP's district president Devraj Singh told reporters.

On the other hand, minority community organisations and leaders have voiced their concern over the possibility of communal strife as a fallout of the proposed conversion ceremony.