IAS officer Durga Nagpal who took on sand mafia in Uttar Pradesh suspended

IAS officer Durga Nagpal who took on sand mafia in Uttar Pradesh suspended

Zee Media Bureau

Lucknow: In a shocking incident, which can further worsen the law-and order of the state, a woman IAS officer, who had clamped down on illegal mining and resolutely taken head-on the powerful sand mafia here, has been suspended.

According to news reports, the IAS officer was suspended from here post barely 10 months after she got her first posting here.

A 2009-batch IAS officer posted as Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Gautam Budh Nagar in September last year, 28-year-old Durga Shakti Nagpal was penalised ostensibly for the demolition of a wall at a disputed place of worship.

"It is an administrative decision. She had ordered demolition of the wall at a place of worship," Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said in a post on Sunday on microblogging site twitter.

Slamming the SP government, Opposition parties alleged that the suspension order was made under pressure from the mining mafia.

Reacting sharply to the SDM's suspension, BJP leader Kalraj Mishra said that the action of the state government showed "it is not liking those officers who are leading drives against the mafia".

"What mistake has she made?... It is not understood. But it is felt that she (Durga Shakti) was suspended under the influence of the mafia," he said.

A senior official said, "Durga Shakti Nagpal, the 2009-batch IAS officer posted as SDM (Sadar) of GB Nagar, (was) suspended late yesterday by Uttar Pradesh government after a dispute related to a religious place," a senior official said here.

Nagpal had led a crackdown on unauthorised mining in the district and got over two dozen FIRs registered against those involved in illegally removing sand.

Special flying squads were formed by her to stop the raging menace along the Yamuna and Hindon rivers in western UP.

Only last week the officer had asserted that there will be no let-up in the fight against unauthorized dredgers.

"The entire district has been affected and illegal mining has become a huge problem. The stakes are too high and those involved get huge monetary returns. The act could lead to serious environmental issues and, therefore, needs to be stopped," she had warned.

A Punjab cadre IAS officer, Nagpal had led the seizure of 24 dumpers engaged in illegal quarrying last week resulting in the arrest of 15 persons.

She came into the spotlight through her no-nonsense, iron-fist approach to stop the illegal operations of the sand mafia in the Noida region.

"We are conducting raids on a daily basis on sand mafia and their units. A list of illegal sand mining units has been prepared and action is being taken against them," she had warned.

With PTI inputs

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Most people don`t know reason behind her suspension. She removed a mosque there on Govt. land. CM Yadam and his father have been mashiha for muslims in UP. You go to UP and will see all muslim areas have electricity even though not in Hindu areas. They win on muslim votes as muslims vote more than hindus.

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first gonda sp now this brave lady ... these politicians think they can play with the system as they wish and fill there pockets i...bhagwan bacchye U.P ko

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I am surprised that she was just suspended because normally such people are assassinated in UP. Remember the case of Anna Manju Nath.... the IIM grad who was after the petrol pump mafias of INDIA ? His body was found in the land behind a petrol pump in Lakhiopur kheri (not sure if i spelled the name correctly.)

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serious envo threat and a politician taking decision on a bureaucrat.shame on this country. Mafia illiterate has so much power.shame shame shame.

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HON. DURGA SHAKTI, PLEASE EAT AND LET AKHLESH, MULAYAM, DIMPLE, RAM GOPAL YADAV, SHISHU PAL, MOHAN LAL AND OTHERES EAT. Miss Durga your Hindu woman Durga Shakti image will not work against corrupt politicians. Mulayam is ready to go to jail in disproportionate asset case, if he withdraws support from UPA. You can never win against corrupt politicians. CORRUPTION IS THEIR RIGHT. THEY MAY TRANSFER YOU TO NAGALAND or frame a false case against you or your family. MULAYAM IS A PART OF MAFIA. madan lal gupta, harianawala

They wont even hesitate to rape her. Few years back an IAS lady officer was raped at her own house for raising her voice aganst corruption.

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``GEMS`` ARE NOT RESPECTED IN INDIA.SEE PAST.........EXAMPLE.........EX. GEN. V.K.SINGH...KIRAN BEDI...KEJRIWAL..BABA RAM DEV...ETC........... THAT IS WHY MANY LEAVE COUNTRY..........

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Anna Hazare needs to pay a visit if he means business of ending corruption. His favourite UPA is involved. A statement from Anna is awaited...........Meanwhile, these are the true colurs of Akhilesh Yadav....whether supporting the Italian Mafia or the Sand Mafia..Karmik

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``GEMS`` ARE NOT RESPECTED IN INDIA.SEE PAST.........EXAMPLE.........EX. GEN. V.K.SINGH...KIRAN BEDI...KEJRIWAL..BABA RAM DEV...ETC........... THAT IS WHY MANY LEAVE COUNTRY..........

HON. DURGA SHAKTI, PLEASE EAT AND LET AKHLESH, MULAYAM, DIMPLE, RAM GOPAL YADAV, SHISHU PAL, MOHAN LAL AND OTHERES EAT. Miss Durga your Hindu woman Durga Shakti image will not work against corrupt politicians. Mulayam is ready to go to jail in disproportionate asset case, if he withdraws support from UPA. You can never win against corrupt politicians. CORRUPTION IS THEIR RIGHT. THEY MAY TRANSFER YOU TO NAGALAND or frame a false case against you or your family. MULAYAM IS A PART OF MAFIA. madan lal gupta, harianawala

Most people don`t know reason behind her suspension. She removed a mosque there on Govt. land. CM Yadam and his father have been mashiha for muslims in UP. You go to UP and will see all muslim areas have electricity even though not in Hindu areas. They win on muslim votes as muslims vote more than hindus.

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