KOCHI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has decided to broaden the scope of investigation into the Hadiya case by probing other suspected religious conversion incidents in the state.
The agency took over the probe into the Hadiya case following a Supreme Court directive last month.
According to the NIA officers, rather than focusing only on the Hadiya conversion incident, the agency will probe whether there exists a general trend of Hindu and Christian women being forcefully converted to Islam.
The officers confirmed it had obtained details of 89 cases registered in Kerala, in which women were suspected to have forcefully converted to Islam. “We’re examining the cases and a probe has already been launched,” an officer said.Of the 89 cases, the NIA has shortlisted 31 cases in which investigators suspect the conversions took place following the intervention of certain Islamic organisations functioning in Kerala and Mumbai. They include the conversion of three women who left for the IS-controlled territory in Afghanistan.
The involvement of people associated with Zair Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation is clear, said an officer.“As far as conversion of Merin and Nimisha is concerned, the involvement of people associated with Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation was clear. Persons belonging to such organisations had influenced many women to a certain extent,” the officer said.
The NIA will also conduct a probe into the functioning of the Sathya Sarani Charitable Trust at Manjeri in Malappuram. “In many conversion cases listed by the Kerala Police, the role of Sathya Sarani has been raised. In many cases, the parents of the girls who got converted alleged the involvement of Sathya Sarani. “So, a probe will be conducted into the functioning of the organisation. We will check the details of those supporting the organisation, especially its fund sources. It has to be checked if there is an organised effort to convert women from other religion to Islam,” the officer said.