IAS officers' association wants justice for Durga Shakti Nagpal, knocks at PM's door

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New Delhi/Lucknow: The clamour for reinstating suspended Uttar Pradesh IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal grew louder on Thursday with representatives of the central IAS officers' association meeting Minister of State in PMO V Narayanasamy to demand justice for her.

In their meeting with Narayanasamy, the association demanded justice for the 28-year-old IAS officer who was suspended for allegedly ordering the demolition of a wall of a religious structure in a village in Gautam Budh Nagar.

Association representatives said after the meeting that they will ensure that "justice will be delivered to Durga Shakti Nagpal".

The minister is reported to have told the association members that the Centre "will do all that needs to be done as per the law and will even go for amendments in laws if necessary".

Speaking later to reporters, Narayanasamy said "the officer has been suspended without giving any opportunity" to put forth her view.

"We have asked for a report from the state government and are awaiting reply," he added.

Association members said as per the existing law the Centre can interfere in the matter if it finds merit in the case.

Stating their aim was to "correct the lacunas in law", association secretary Sanjay R Bhoos Reddy said "if nothing happens then we will go to the court".

The meeting came even as the District Magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar said in a report submitted to the Uttar Pradesh government that the IAS officer never got any wall of a religious structure demolished.

Congress' Satyavrat Chaturvedi today hit out at the Akhilesh Yadav government, saying SDM Durga Shakti Nagpal was suspended without any probe. "Obviously, the UP government acted under pressure," he added.

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According to the police, assistant sub-inspector M.A. Koru, attached to the police station at Mukkom - a sleepy village near Kozhikode - and Noushad, the driver of his vehicle, asked a truck carrying illegally mined river sand to stop. The vehicle slowed down, but accelerated as it came near, knocked them over and sped off.
"It was a miraculous escape," Koru, who fractured his left arm in the incident, said.
All efforts by the police to trace the vehicle, the driver and his assistant have yielded no result as the truck sported a fake registration number.
The duo swung into action following instructions from the circle inspector who had had been tipped off about sand being mined illegally off the river bed.
This is the latest incident of sand mafia attacking the police, revenue and local body officials who enforce stringent restrictions on river sand mining implemented in the wake of exploitation of river sand to cater the needs of the construction industry in Kerala.
This, however, wasn't an isolated incident. IPS officer J. Jayanath and DSP M.N. Ramesh escaped from mafia's bids on their lives by a whisker.
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