Around 24,000 madrassas in Uttar Pradesh 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.

According to top Uttar Pradesh police sources, as many as 8,448 madrassas have been found to be illegal and a report on their alleged illegal operations has been submitted to the state government.

Around 30-40 madrassas have been probed in the first phase and it has been found that almost Rs 100 crore were directly given to these institutions. “Now, 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,” a source said.

Sources added that the money came through Europe and the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia.

Officials pointed out to the rising trend of money being routed through London since there is 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 said.

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

In the last few years, several madrasas have come up in the areas bordering Nepal, according to officials. Maharajganj, Siddharthnagar, Shravasti, Balrampur, Bahraich, Lakhimpur Kheri and Pilibhit share their borders with Nepal.

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