Lucknow, Aug 1: A star performer and a rank holder in the IAS exams, 28-year old Durga Shakti Nagpal's career was wrongly blotched with an allegation that was never true. In a rather hurried decision by the state administration, she was suspended on charges of demolishing the walls of a religious site "inflaming" communal riots.
The allegations, however, have been proved false as per the reports of the DM submitted to the UP Government.
As per the reports, Nagpal was asked to visit Kadalpur village to stop illegal construction activities on government land and settle the matter amicably.
Following the orders by the word, Nagpal along with other officers, visited the site and asked the villagers to either take permission from the government to build the religious structure (as per the governing rules) or demolish the walls that had been built. Readers kindly note that when the officer reached the place, it was not clear what religious site it was.
Moreover, no machineries were put to action for the demolistion of the walls (as per the instructions of the government) and the villagers themselves chose to dismantle the construction. The situation was handled patiently and as amicably as the gvernment wanted and there were no signs of communal tension.
Then why these fake allegations?
The answer is not unknown to us. She had attracted the wrath of SP Lok Sabha aspirant whose business was getting affected due to the major crackdown she had executed. Ignoring the political affiliations in the case, the IAS officer (just 3 years old in the circuit), seized trucks, slapped fines and registered FIRs against the miscreants.
The politician, by now, had exhausted all strings to get her transferred. Then the Kadalpur issue came as a ray of hope. The government, unwilling to lose out on the vote banks, not only said that the villagers should be allowed to build the structure, but also suspended the officer for "inflaming communal tensions".
It could have been accepted as an 'administrative exercise', but not anymore.