A purported video of a senior IAS (Indian Administrative Service) posted in Uttar Pradesh, Mohammed Iftikharuddin, in which he is seen and heard discussing strategies to spread Islam to every home in India, has created a huge controversy.
The video, the date of which is yet to be ascertained, also features a religious leader who is seen sitting beside the IAS officer.
In the video, Iftikharuddin is seen sitting with a group of men, all clad in white kurta pajamas and the Islamic skull cap. He says that it their ordained duty to spread Islam in the entire world and to each and every home. He says that Uttar Pradesh is strategic for this purpose.
In another related video, IAS offcer is seen sitting on the ground when a Muslim speaker is delivering radical lessons at his official residence.
The speaker says that a person in Punjab converted to Islam without even being given “dawah” (invitation to Islam). This happened after the man’s sister died and was cremated. During cremation, clothes of the man sister’s were burnt, revealing her naked body. That’s when he decided that he would convert to Islam so his daughter would be buried instead of being cremated and he is saved from the embarrassment, the speaker says. The speaker goes on to narrate the benefits of conversion to Islam.
Iftikharuddin is currently serving as the Chairman of Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation.
National Vice President of Math Mandir Coordination Committee Bhupesh Awasthi has filed a complaint with the state government against Iftikharuddin. He also submitted the copies of the video along with the compliant
Hindi daily Hindustan has reported that UP deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya has directed an inquiry into the matter.
You can watch the video in this Twitter thread:
It’s pertinent to mention here that the Uttar Pradesh’s anti-terrorism squad recently busted a mass conversion module active from Delhi’s Jamia Nagar with alleged spurious funding from abroad.
"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," Police Commissionerate Kanpur Nagar said in a tweet.
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