An executive engineer of Irrigation Department in Etawah has sent his resignation letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, accusing a ruling BSP MLA of threatening him with dire consequences.
"Shivdas, posted in the First Tubewell Division in the district, has sent a letter to the Chief Minister accusing BSP MLA from Lakhna assembly constituency Bhimrao Ambedkar of issuing a threat to his life and has tendered his conditional resignation," official sources said on Sunday.
The engineer has also forwarded a copy of his letter to the minister concerned, the principal secretary, district magistrate, Etawah and few MLAs, they said in Lucknow.
However, Ambedkar on Sunday denied having issued any threats to the engineer. While Shivdas could not be contacted, sources said that he did not attend the marriage function of his son in Kanpur on Saturday.
In his letter, Shivdas has said that the MLA called him up on February 19 and had discussed installation of hand pumps under Chaudhary Charan Singh Tubewell Project.
The engineer said that under the project, 24 sites were identified by a committee for installation of tubewells. "However, as quality of water at three places was not found suitable for agriculture, a proposal to identify alternative sites was pending with the district magistrate."
Shivdas claimed that during the telephonic conversation, the MLA while alleging that installation of tubewell was not recommended in his area, used unparliamentary language.
"The MLA not only abused me, but also threatened me of an incident similar to that in Auraiya," he alleged. PWD engineer Manoj Gupta was beaten to death allegedly by BSP MLA Shekhar Tiwari and his accomplices in Auraiya in 2008.