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Yogi summons Islamist IAS officer following viral video

The video had gone viral on 27 September, reacting to which Yogi Adityanath's deputy had said the state would take action if the reported incident were true


In a shocking incident, a senior IAS officer in cadre has been accused of carrying out propaganda against Hinduism. The allegations have been levelled by National Vice President of Math Mandir Coordination Committee, Bhupesh Awasthi, against IAS officer Mohammad Iftikharuddin.

Mohammad Iftikharuddin is presently serving as the Chairman of Uttar Pradesh Road Transport Corporation.

Awasthi released videos of religious programmes of then Kanpur Zone Commissioner Mohammad Iftikharuddin. It is alleged that in these videos, Iftikharuddin is telling people the benefits of adopting Islam as a religion. The purported videos also show a religious leader sitting beside the IAS officer.

In another video, IAS Iftikharuddin is seen sitting on the ground when a speaker is purportedly giving radical lessons at his official residence.

After the video surfaced, Kanpur Police Commissioner Aseem Arun has asked Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Somendra Meena to investigate the matter.

“The investigation of the viral video of IAS officer Mohd Iftikharuddin 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  has summoned the Police Commissioner Aseem Arun to Lucknow on 28 September in this regard.

Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said that the matter had not yet been brought to the notice of the state government. “If anything like this has happened, an investigation will follow. The matter will be taken seriously.”

Bhupesh Awasthi, the national president of the Mutt and Temple Coordination Committee, said, “I have seen the video, in which a lot of inappropriate things are being said against Hinduism. A lot of allegations are being made. Statements are being made in favour of Islam.”

The IAS officer, meanwhile, did not respond to calls.

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