Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's controversial remarks regarding the alleged recruitment of Muslim youths affected by the Muzaffarnagar riots by the ISI drew flak from activists in Uttar Pradesh.

Questioning his comments made in a rally in Indore on Thursday, Lucknow-based social activist Nutan Thakur has urged Mr. Gandhi to make public the name of the intelligence officer who briefed him on the issue.

“If what Mr. Gandhi says is true, then the Intelligence officer has exceeded his brief by sharing information with a private unauthorized person so that he does not deserve any further continuation in the Intelligence organization because he can tomorrow share sensitive information with any other person, in any other manner, for various reasons,” she said.

Dr Thakur has also written to the Home Secretary to “find out about the officer” and take “appropriate legal and administrative action” against him for this “misconduct.”

As these words were spoken during an election rally, she has also written to the CEC to take appropriate action as per Election rules.

Also, Allahabad-based senior advocate and president of civil rights group Rihai Manch, Mohammad Shoaib sent a notice to Mr. Gandhi asking him to apologize to Muslims in India for his comments, which were meant to “insult, defame and hurt the feelings” of the community.

Mr. Shoaib has urged Mr. Gandhi to apologize to Muslims through the media within seven days, failing which, he would take further action against Mr. Gandhi.