Allegations of forced conversion against Mohammad Iftikharuddin
As per available information, UP IAS officer Iftikharuddin had asked the residents of a settlement in Kanpur’s Kalyanpur area to convert to Islam if they wanted to ‘save’ their houses.
Former president of Rajkiya Unnayan Basti, Nirmal Kumar Tyagi issued a statement to the media alleging that the residents of the settlement were approached by Iftikharuddin, who was then the divisional commissioner, in October 2016 asking them to vacate the area since the land was to be taken over for the Kanpur metro project.
When the residents cited their poor financial condition and requested him not to destroy their residences, Iftikharuddin is alleged to have offered to help if they became Muslims.
“When the commissioner was making this suggestion, a person present there started giving him literature related to Islam. Several attempts of conversion were made in the settlement. However, the locals decided that they would not accept the offer. When they approached the court regarding the issue of vacating the settlement, the crisis was resolved”, Tyagi said.
Tyagi added that Iftikharuddin promised to provide for the families if they became Muslims and also ensure that their children receive education through admission in madrassas. When they turn down the offer, Iftikharuddin told them that he would ensure the families are ruined. He also warned them that if they ever revealed his conversion propaganda then they would’ve to face severe consequences.
The literature handed over to Tyagi include two books titled shuddh upasana tatha naman and shuddh bhakti. These have been written in Hindi by IAS officer Iftikharuddin who is alleged to have got them distributed in settlements of the poor.
Social Service activist Robbie Sharma told ABP News that these literature contain objectionable content. In one of the books, Prophet Mohammad has been called Kalki avatar (the yet to come avatar of Bhagwan Vishnu as per Hindu Dharmic Granthas).
He also alleged that these Islamic literature have been distributed by Iftikharuddin’s personal assistant in meetings attended by builders. Sharma also levelled allegations of corruption against Iftikharuddin.
Iftikharuddin indulged in anti-Hindu propaganda
Bhupesh Awasthi, National Vice President of Math Mandir Coordination Committee, had leveled allegations of anti-Hindu propaganda by the IAS officer. He released a set of undated videos showing Iftikharuddin ‘explaining’ people the benefits of adopting Islam.
Another video shows Iftikharuddin is seen radicalizing those present at the IAS officer’s official residence. He also made claims saying those not embracing Islam would become blind and would be sent to hell on judgment day.
When the video became public, the task of investigating the matter was handed over to Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Somendra Meena by Kanpur Police Commissioner Aseem Arun.
SIT investigation against IAS officer Iftikharuddin
UP CM Yogi Adityanath took cognizance of the issue and summoned Arun to Lucknow on Tuesday in connection with this matter. After the meeting, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) was set up by the Adityanath government.
A two-member SIT has been created with DG CB-CID G.L. Meena as its head. ADG zone Bhanu Bhaskar is the other member of the team. The SIT has been assigned the task of probing allegations of anti-Hindu propaganda by senior IAS officer Mohammad Iftikharuddin.
Owaisi defends Iftikharuddin
As expected, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi has rushed to the defense of Iftikharuddin calling the Yogi government ‘anti-Muslim’. He further alleged that the government purposely made the videos viral since the IAS officer is Muslim.
He demanded to know under which rule did Iftikharuddin violate while adding that the state government is anti-Muslim and hence it released old videos of the officer.
As UP goes to the polls next year, the Islamic conversion mafia operational particularly in UP has come to the fore. It is a matter of grave concern that those in positions of authority should peddle religious agenda especially when the UPSC system appears to favor their selection.
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