The preliminary investigation into the gruesome killing of a tailor in Udaipur revealed that one of the two prime accused had links with the Pakistan-based Dawat-e-Islami organisation, Rajasthan DGP said today. According to police, the accused had visited Pakistan’s Karachi in 2014.
Dawat-e-Islami is primarily a Sunni Islamic organization based in Pakistan. It has several Islamic educational institutions around the world. The organisation that claims to be conducting local charity efforts, is also conducting online courses in extremist Islamic teachings.
Dawat-e-Islami was founded by Maulana Ilyas Attari in Karachi, Pakistan in 1981. Since then, it has spread to nearly 194 countries across the world. Due to its founder’s name, those associated with the organisation also add “Attari” to their names.
Notably, one of the accused in the Udaipur incident, Mohammad Riaz, also uses the epithet Attari in his name. Not much is known about the organisation’s activities in India, however, with the recent incident in Udaipur, further investigation would throw light upon the extremist organisation, which is but one of the innumerable organisations that promote Islamic radicalisation.