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Akhilesh defends Durga’s suspension; says action not linked to sand mining

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday said his government would not allow any officer to create communal disturbance in the state and defended his government's move to suspend Gautam Budh Nagar SDM Durga Shakt Nagpal.

Without taking names, he said some officers were trying to create communal disturbances in the state and indirectly hinted that the suspension of the young IAS officer would not be revoked. He also said the action against the IAS officer was not related to illegal sand mining in Noida. ‘Our government had not interfered and supported the IAS officer, when she took action against the sand mafias in the area but demolishing the boundary wall of a mosque has certainly hit the sentiments of the people and it could have triggered communal disturbances in the state,’ he said.

Talking to reporters here after the state cabinet meeting, Yadav said there was a possibility of rising communal tension after the razing of the boundary wall by the SDM, which was being constructed by collecting donation. 'Both the officers and the state government are equally responsible for maintaining communal harmony in the state and any irresponsible act by any officer would not be tolerated,’ he said.

Media reports stated that the district magistrate had said that the wall was demolished by the people themselves. However,  the CM said there were reports of Local Intelligence Unit (LIU) too but refused to comment on the DM's report. ‘The government has taken the decision to suspend the officer after considering all the options,’ he said. On the occassion, Yadav did not spare opposition parties particularly the BSP. He said, ‘the opposition parties are raking up the issue and trying to teach us honesty. But where was their honesty during the last regime.’
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