A government source said Islam was served the show cause notice for violating the code of conduct. It said the top police officer could not write anything against the government for he was serving under it. The government issued the notice for it felt uncomfortable with certain parts of the editorial in the book.
Islam's 102-page book took a dig at the Mamata Banerjee government on issues like minority appeasement including announcement of stipends for imams, planning more madrasas but not improving the conditions of the Muslims. He also criticised the leaders of the ruling party for using words like 'Dua', 'Insallah' and 'Khuda Hafiz' at political rallies and commented that political leaders in Bengal and elsewhere were 'misusing' the occasion of Iftar in a bid to win over minority sentiments.
A police team had searched offices of the city-based house which published the book and also shut the counter from where it was being sold. According to a report, the raid occurred despite no official order being issued. The incident caused a big uproar with several people criticising the government for targeting Islam.
The IPS officer could not be contacted.