Kanpur police forms 6-member team to probe Dawat-e-Islami links with city | Kanpur News

KANPUR: The Kanpur police has constituted a six-member team to probe into reports of Dawat–e–Islami’s existence in the district and activities of the outfit, if any.
The probe was initiated following reports that the outfit was active in the city in the 1990s and had also established an office in the district.
Headquartered in Pakistan, Dawat-e-Islami (DeI) came under the spotlight recently after one of the two accused arrested for the Udaipur killing confessed to having been in touch with the outfit leaders across the border. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) probing the Udaipur killing is probing possibilities of the sensational crime being orchestrated by handlers associated with the outfit in Pakistan.
The team will probe everything right from the existence of Dawat-e-Islami in Kanpur, what all the organization did, who all were associated with it and if there are any sleeper cells of the outfit. The cops will also probe if the outfit in Kanpur was or is linked to the Pakistan-based organization, said joint commissioner of police, Anand Prakash Tewari.
To begin with, the probe team has already started verifying reports that in the 1990s the outfit had established its office at a mosque in the Deputy Padav area of the district which was later closed down. “The team is being headed by an IPS officer and action will be initiated on the basis of evidence collected,” JCP Anand Prakash Tewari said.
Reports said that the outfit was formed in Kanpur in the early 1990s and a congregation was held at Halim Inter College Ground then which was attended by the founder of Dawat-e-Islami in Pakistan Maulana Ilyas Qadri. The outfit had reportedly held another congregation thereafter in Niaramau locality of Kanpur about a decade later.
“People associated with the outfit then were reportedly linked to a madrassa in Kanpur and three in Unnao. There is, however, no confirmation if these madrassas were still associated with the outfit. We have started looking into all these aspects minutely,” said a senior officer associated with the probe.
Unconfirmed reports said that following a dispute, the Kanpur-based two groups allegedly split into two outfits — Dawat-e-Islami of India and Sunni Dawat-e- Islami. It is not known if the two outfits still exist and if they had any connection with the Pakistan-based group at all.

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