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Dhenkanal Shelter Home Shame: Foreign Funding, Religious Conversion Details Revealed


05 December 2018

Himansu Mohapatra


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Dhenkanal: Foreign funding details and registration of Good News India (GNI) was probed by Dhenkanal Police after taking the founder of the organisation, Faiz Rahman, on a two days remand, said SP Santosh Kumar Nayak today.

Briefing mediapersons, Nayak said that police investigated if the organisation is licensed under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act - FCRA - to obtain foreign money. Besides, evidences were collected on the utilisation of the money, audit report and return filing of the organisation.

During investigation it was found that GNI spends around Rs 14-15 crores in various activities including education of children, purchase of land and construction of buildings.

Nayak further informed that GNI has been registered under West Bengal Societies Registration Act, 1961 with its headquarters at Salgeria in Paschim Medinipur district of West Bengal. The registration enables the organisation to operate in West Bengal.

GNI receives around Rs 14-15 crores as foreign funding which comes to its SBI account at Salgeria. It is transferred to the GNI's ICICI bank account at Bhubaneswar from where it is further transferred to the bank accounts of its 25 branches across Odisha and to the vendors who are providing goods to the Dream Centres of GNI.

The audit report of GNI's collection and expenditure is being done by a Chartered Accountant firm in Kolkata, added Nayak.

He further revealed that the visuals of the religious conversion are also from Salgeria. A police team will be sent to West Bengal to ascertain truth about the baptism.

Rahman had been brought on two days remand, but as he has links with various districts and also outside State, Dhenkanal Police will appeal today to take Rahman on further two to three days remand, said Nayak.

Also Read: Dhenkanal Shelter Home Shame: Was ‘Good News India’ Running Religious Conversion Centres In The Guise Of Shelter Homes?

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Santosh Kumar Nayak, SP, Dhenkanal