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UP: Revenue Officer Ashish-turned-Yusuf Removed From Post After Wife Says He Converted to Marry Again

Police earlier this week lodged an FIR after the wife of revenue officer, Ashish Kumar Gupta-turned-Mohammad Yusuf, alleged that he was forcibly converted to Islam and made to marry a Muslim woman

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His wife alleged he was forcibly converted to Islam and made to marry a Muslim woman
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A revenue officer in Uttar Pradesh's Hamirpur, whose wife alleged that he converted to marry a Muslim woman, has been removed from his post and attached to the collectorate over "breaching employee code."

Police earlier this week lodged an FIR after the wife of revenue officer, Ashish Kumar Gupta-turned-Mohammad Yusuf, alleged that he was forcibly converted to Islam and made to marry a Muslim woman.

Arti Gupta went to the police when she learnt about the “wedding” through social media as her husband Ashish Kumar Gupta -- a naib tehsildar posted in Maudaha tehsil of Hamirpur -- had not come home for almost four months. According to police, Ashish Kumar Gupta has so far not been traced.

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“He [Ashish Gupta] has been removed from his post and attached to the collectorate fill further notice,” ADM, Hamirpur Dr Arun Mishra, said, stating that the Naib Tehsildar was violating the service rules. He added that a report on his conduct had also been sent to the government, a Hindustan Times report mentioned.

What Ashish Kumar Gupta's Wife Has Alleged

In her complaint lodged at the City Kotwali Police Station, Arti Gupta, a resident of Kanpur city, said her husband was "forcibly" converted to Islam and made to marry a Muslim woman named Rukhsaar, police said.

A a case was registered against five people, including the Naib Tehsildar, and around six unidentified people. Two of them, including a maulvi at a local masque in Maudaha, have been detained, police said.

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Arti Gupta told police that her husband was having an affair with Rukhsaar.

Rukhsar's father, one Munna, Maulvi Babu Aadhati of a local mosque in Maudaha and four to five others "forcibly" converted Ashish Gupta on December 24 and got him married to the woman, she alleged in the complaint.

Ashish Becomes 'Mohammad Yusuf'

Caretaker of the mosque, Muhammad Mushtaq, said Ashish Gupta identified himself as Mohammad Yusuf. Later, when he revealed that he was the naib tehsildar of Maudaha and a resident of Kanpur, the caretaker informed the authorities.
Locals claimed Ashish Gupta would also offer namaz at a mosque in Maudaha.

Maudaha Tehsildar Balram Gupta, however, said the reports of the naib tehsildar offering namaz could not be verified, a report by news agency PTI mentioned.

The statements of local people in Maudaha were recorded as part of the investigation. The claims of Ashish Gupta offering namaz in a mosque could not be verified, Balram Gupta said.

Police said a case has been registered against Ashish Gupta, Rukhsaar, her father, Munna, Aadhati and five to six unidentified people under section 494 (marrying again during lifetime of husband or wife) of the Indian Penal Code and the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Act.

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The accused maulvi and Munna have been taken into custody and are being interrogated, they said.

(With PTI inputs)

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