Purported videos showing Iftikharuddin in Muslim religious gatherings go viral
LUCKNOW — The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe charges of anti-Hindu propaganda by senior IAS officer Mohammad Iftikharuddin.
According to a statement by the Home Department, the two-member SIT will be headed by DG CB-CID G.L. Meena and ADG zone Bhanu Bhaskar.
The SIT has been asked to submit its report within seven days.
The allegations have been levelled by National Vice President of Math Mandir Coordination Committee, Bhupesh Awasthi, against IAS officer Mohammad Iftikharuddin of carrying out propaganda against Hinduism.
Mohammad Iftikharuddin is a 1985 batch officer and is presently serving as the Chairman of Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation.
Awasthi released videos of religious programmes of the officer who was then the Kanpur Zone Commissioner.
It is alleged that in these videos, Iftikharuddin is telling people about the benefits of adopting Islam as a religion.
The purported videos also show a religious leader sitting besides the IAS officer.
In another video, Iftikharuddin is seen sitting on the ground when a Muslim speaker is purportedly giving radical lessons at his official residence.
After the video surfaced, Kanpur Police Commissioner Aseem Arun asked Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Somendra Meena to investigate the matter.
“The investigation of the viral video taken at Kanpur Commissioner’s residence has been entrusted to ADCP East, Police Commissionerate Kanpur Nagar. It is being investigated whether the video is authentic and if there is any crime in it,” the official said.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had summoned the Police Commissioner Aseem Arun to Lucknow on Tuesday in this regard.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said: “This is a serious matter. If there is any truth in it, it will be taken seriously.”
The IAS officer, meanwhile, did not respond to calls. — IANS