The accused has been arrested. (Representational)

Gorakpur, Uttar Pradesh:

A Muslim man has been arrested in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur for allegedly marrying a woman by hiding his identity and then trying to force her to undergo religious conversion, police said on Monday.

The accused – Mainuddin – had met the woman last year and introduced himself as Munna Yadav, the police said, quoting the first information report. His cousin, an accomplice,  Rehman Ali was arrested on Monday, officials said.

Mainuddin and the woman grew close and eventually got married at a temple in Sant Kabir Nagar district and started living there, according to the first information report (FIR).

After some time, the accused disclosed his real name and religion, and started pressuring the woman to convert and also assaulted her for refusing, the police said.

On Saturday, the woman came to know that Mainuddin was planning to get married again and informed police on ”112”, they said, adding that an FIR was subsequently registered.

“A case was filed against Mainuddin, aka Munna Yadav, under sections 323, 504, 506, 419 and 120B of the IPC (Indian Penal Code) and the provisions of the UP Prohibition of Unlawful Religious Conversion Ordinance, 2020, and arrested on Sunday,” police officer Devendra Kumar Singh said.

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