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UP: Oppn slams govt for suspension of IAS officer

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, July 28, 2013
First Published: 22:05 IST(28/7/2013) | Last Updated: 01:16 IST(29/7/2013)

The Opposition on Sunday strongly reacted to the suspension of 2009 batch IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, who was posted as sub-divisional magistrate Gautam Budh Nagar.

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The state government late Saturday night had suspended her on the charges of ordering demolition of a wall of religious place in Noida.

Slamming the government for harassing young IAS officers who were carrying on campaign against sand mafia in the district, the opposition parties said that instead of taking action against them she had been punished.

The BSP general secretary, SC Mishra, said the officers who launched drive against criminals are being suspended or transferred. He said Durga Nagpal, who launched drive against illegal mining, was suspended and the IPS officer Navneet Rana who nabbed the cattle smugglers in Noida was transferred too.

The SP leader involved in cattle smuggling was given minister of state status, he said.

Congress spokesman Virendra Madan said that it was unfortunate that a young IAS officer had become victim of machination of Samajwadi Party supported sand mafia in Noida.

He said during the last one year sand mining in Yamuna and Hindon rivers had assumed serious dimension and the government had taken no action against these people.

Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) also condemned the suspension of the woman IAS officer.

"Durga Shakti Nagpal has been suspended because she was cracking down on mining mafia hitting interests of many people, including some politicians," RLD state president Munna Singh Chauhan said on Sunday.

He said such an action was highly demoralizing for the honest and hard-working bureaucrats. Chauhan urged the governor to direct the state government to protect upright and hard-working officers.  

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also assailed government for suspending 'honest' IAS officer. BJP spokesman Manoj Mishra alleged that the young officer's suspension was a 'victory' for the mining mafia, who were worried at the bureaucrat's regular interventions.

"This government is busy targeting honest officers. Durga Shakti Nagpal was ostensibly suspended over a minor an issue as felling of a wall. If that is correct, then all top officials of the home department as well as DGP should be dismissed as there have been a series of communal riots in the state since this government took charge," said Mishra.

In June at a review meeting, chief secretary Jawed Usmani had also taken serious view of massive encroachment in flood zones of Yamuna and Hindon rivers in

Noida where illegal farmhouses and constructions had come up. Usmani had sought quick judicial action against the accused and the demolition of these illegal structures.

According to information 319 farmhouses and several thousands houses had come up in an area of 124.437 hectare in floodplain zone of Yamuna. Influential people had constructed these illegal buildings in the area.


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