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UP Govt suspends Additional Director General (Railways and Telecom)

BK Bhalla has been penalised for adversely commenting on India?s foreign policy and negative comments on the Muslim community, reports Masoodul Hasan

india Updated: Nov 30, 2006 00:21 IST

The Mulayam Singh Yadav government on Wednesday suspended Additional Director General (Railways and Telecom) BK Bhalla for adversely commenting on India’s foreign policy in his report on “Scenario of Terrorism in India” which was presented at IPS officers’ conference here on November 25.

The government said Bhalla had violated all India Service (conduct) rules. Bhalla had also made comments against Muslim community.

The government suspending him said that his comments could adversely affect the relationship with other countries.

Bhalla in his report said that “drastic but only solution to terrorism in India “is next time Pakistan tries to repeat any activity like Kargil war, we should cross over LOC (line of control) and destroy the terrorists camps there.”

Bhalla’s comments against the minority community and Imarate Sharia, Phulwari Sharif (Bihar) had also led to consternation in the government.

The chief Secretary NC Bajapi reportedly summoned him on Wednesday to express his displeasure over his comments. Source said the DGP Bua Singh and Principal Secretary (Home) SK Agrawal also discussed the repercussions of Bhalla’s comments against Muslims.

Thus the government acted swiftly after senior Muslim Ulema (clerics) and All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) demanded action against him on Wednesday.

The clerics had sought clarification from CM Mulayam Singh Yadav over the report dubbing entire community as terrorists.

At an emergency meeting in Lucknow the clerics said the report of Bhalla was an affront to the Muslim community. The Naib Imam Eidgah and AIMPLB member Maulana Khalid Rashid demanding suspension of the officer for humiliating the community asked the CM to weed out “RSS supporters” who had been occupying high position in the government.

The clerics said comments of the officer about Muslims’ prestigious institution Imarate Sharia in Phulwari Sharif (Bihar) was a direct attack on entire community.

Rashid said the institution under the leadership of AIMPLB general secretary Maulana Nizamuddin had been functioning for the last 85 years and its educational and social services had been lauded all over the country.

Pointing out that the CM had visited the institution, Rashid said the government should explain its stand on the issue. He said legal action should be taken against the officer.

The AIMPLB member Zafaryab Jilani said the CM owed an explanation to the community on the issue. He said it was an official document, which was circulated at the police officers meeting.

Jilani said “it is meaningless to say that the officer did not give presentation on the issue”. He said the circulation of the paper itself demonstrated that the approach of UP police towards the community.

He said while CM had given clean chit to Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) “the officer has falsified his (Yadav) statement by dubbing SIMI as terrorist outfit”.

Jilani said the Samajwadi Party had been carrying on campaign against Mayawati’s “Muslims-are-terrorists” statement but the government had turned blind eye to the UP police statement calling entire community terrorists.

Around 50 senior clerics including Ali Farooqi, Maulana Mushtaq, Maulana Kausar Nadvi, Chaduhury Sharafuddin and others attended the meeting.

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First Published: Nov 30, 2006 00:16 IST