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IAS Nagpal's suspension right, DM should also be suspended: Arshad Madani
Sunday August 4, 2013 8:29 PM, ummid.com & Agencies

President of Jamiatul Ulema Hind and renowned Muslim cerlic Arshad Madanai on Saturday hailed the suspension of the Uttar Pradesh IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal terming it a decision taken in a right direction. Madani did not stop here but also demaded action against the District Magistrate Ravi Kant Singh.

"Action against officers with communal mindset is necessary. There was a serious law and order problem after the wall of the Kadalpur mosque was brought down in the presence of the IAS officer and police force. Against this backdrop, decision to suspend the IAS officer is right", he said.

He said that the incident took place during the month of Ramadan and could have easily be used by miscreant elements to incite violence.

He also demanded action against District Magistrate Ravi Kant Singh.

The government had suspended the district sub-divisional magistrate Durga Shakti Nagpal for taking action against the alleged illegal mosque.

Reportedly the local intelligence unit (LIU) said the team led by SDM Durga Shakti Nagpal brought down the wall and its demolition led to widespread resentment among a community that might trigger communal violence in a sensitive district. The intelligence report was quoted by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav while defending his decision to suspend Nagpal.

Justifying the suspension of the SDM, Yadav told mediapersons to go through the LIU report before reaching any conclusion. The Samajwadi Party leaders immediately launched an offensive against the district magistrate demanding strict action against him for defending Nagpal.

Urban Development minister Azam Khan said the DM should be suspended for misguiding the state government. Party MP Naresh Agarwal too raised the demand for the suspension of the DM.

Other Muslim clerics, including Khalid Rashid Farangi Mahali also joined the chorus of demand for action against the DM.

Maulana Khalid said Nagpal brought down the wall of the mosque at Kadalpur village only on the directions of the DM.

The suspension of the IAS officer has created a major row in the state with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi appealing to the Prime Minister for his intervention. It is said that the IAS officer was actually suspended for her action against the sand mining mafia.


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