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Who is Durga Shakti Nagpal?


Bangalore, Aug 7: The first thing that politics does when it faces controversy is get personal. This is exactly what happened in Durga's case too. When the Akhilesh Government could not cope with the pressure, it raised fingers at Durga's family background.

Ahmed Hasan-a minister from the state government said "She should apologize. She did not do her duty... she destroyed the credibility of the cadre." Calling her mindless, he further added, "When we reveal which family she belongs to, then you will realize what are you supporting."

Creating a fiasco for itself, the question by Samajwadi Party ministers has actually intrigued the media and think tanks about her background. OneIndia did a thorough check on her career and her family to see whether it really can be questioned.

Who is she?

Born: June 25 1985 in Agra

Father: A retired Indian Defence Estates Services Officer in Rajasthan. He was awarded the President's Medal for distinguished service at the Delhi Cantonment Board as a Cantt. Executive Officer.

Education: She did her B.Tech in Computer Science from Indira Gandhi Delhi Technological University for Women. In 2009, she cracked the IAS exams, ranking 20 among all IAS candidates.

Husband: Abhishek Singh, also an IAS officer and posted in Noida as a BDO.

After her training, she was allotted the Punjab Cadre and was posted at Mohali. In August 2012, she was transferred to UP, as the Sub Divisional Magistrate Sadar at Noida, on grounds of her marriage to Abhishek who was a 2011 batch IAS. Abhishek belongs to the state of Chhattisgarh.

Bad news for Ahmedji! we have still not found anything fishy about her background. Just for his sake, lets go deeper and check about her grandfather. A police officer, he was murdered in 1954, while performing his duty in Sadar Bazaar, Delhi.

Career: After scoring high in the IAS exams, sky was the limit for this young bureaucrat. In her very first year of tenure in UP, she nabbed the sand mafia, seizing 24 dumpers and 300 trollies used for illegal quarrying in the Yamuna and Hindon river banks.

15 people, related to the case, were arrested in Gautam Buddha Nagar and Greater Noida with a fine of INR 2 crore. The sand was confiscated and was put on government auction, which is when she came under the radar of politicians involved in illegal mining.

(P.S: We believe that the allegations are adding to her careergraph on account of bravery and her steadfastness)

Let's see what other allegations she comes across the next time.

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