Muslims in Greater Noida have vowed support to suspended IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, a move that could cause embarrassment to the Akhilesh Yadav government.
The state government had suspended Nagpal on the grounds that her alleged action of demolishing a mosque could have caused communal tension in the area.
A Muslim social group, Hazrat Saiyad Bure Shah committee, of Greater Noida’s Dankaur area has written to the chief minister and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh demanding that Durga’s suspension be revoked.
“Some local politicians are trying to disturb peace in the region by sending a wrong message that a mosque had been demolished. The truth is that IAS Durga Shakti Nagpal only discharged her official duties by halting illegal construction on government land. Durga was only implementing the rule of law following orders from her bosses. She deserves accolades for that,” said Kadir Khan, secretary, Hazrat Saiyad Bure Shah committee.
Many intellectuals from the minority community alleged that instead of providing jobs and education to the community, the Akhilesh Yadav government was trying to play with their religious sentiments.
“All communities in Kadalpur are living together in peace. Durga did not demolish any religious structure. The villagers had themselves razed the wall built on government land. Local Samajwadi leaders gave wrong information to CM Akhilesh Yadav and got an upright honest women officer punished. She should be encouraged and honoured instead,” said Khan.Khan said they would launch a protest from August 5 if the government did not revoke Durga’s suspension.