The Madhya Pradesh government will issue a notice to IAS official Niyaz Khan, who has posted a controversial tweet on the recently released film “The Kashmir Files”, Interior Minister Narottam Mishra said on Wednesday.
In one of the tweets, Mr Khan, who is deputy secretary with the MP Public Works Department, last week urged the makers of “The Kashmir Files” to also make a film about the “massacre of large numbers of Muslims in several states” in India, and said members of the minority community these are “not insects, but the people of the country”.
Speaking to reporters here on Wednesday, Mr Mishra said, “I have seen Khan’s tweet. This is a serious issue … he crossed and violated the lakshman rekha (limit) set for (government) officials … the state government will issue show cause notice to him and get the answer. ” Mr Khan also said that he planned to write a book highlighting the “genocide of Muslims” so that films like “The Kashmir Files” could be produced by someone to bring “minority pain and suffering” to Indians.
Later, also appealed to the publisher of “The Kashmir Files” to transfer all proceeds from the film for the education of the children of Pandit Kashmir and construction of houses for them in Kashmir.
After his tweet became contagious, the film’s director, Vivek Agnihotri, had asked for an appointment with Mr Khan to “exchange ideas”.
Later, Sarang state Medical Education Minister said he would write a letter against Khan to the personnel department, claiming the IAS official was talking about “firqaparasti” (sectarianism).
Produced by Zee Studios, “The Kashmir Files” depicts the migration of Kashmir Hindus from Kashmir following the systematic killing of people from the community by Pakistani -backed terrorists.
The film, which was released on March 11, has sparked debate among political parties. Several BJP -ruled states, including Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, have exempted the film from entertainment taxes.
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