Bareilly DM rants against Kasganj violence, upsets CM Yogi
Bareilly: District Magistrate of Bareilly Raghvendra Vikram Singh has stoked controversy by posting a social media update against the Kasganj violence.
The DM has angered Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and other BJP leaders by stating that it has become a trend for some people to enter Muslim areas, raise anti-Pakistan slogans and create ruckus.
Singh has now deleted Facebook comment slamming 'forces running into minority dominated localities and raising anti-Pakistan slogans', like in Kasganj on Republic Day, is under fire from leaders in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Commenting over the issue, Uttar Pradesh Energy minister Shrikant Sharma said, "The government has taken the Facebook post of bareilly DM very seriously," adding, "The administrative officers should refrain from making such statements."
"I would not comment on what the Governor has said. But I can assure that stringent action will be taken against the culprit behind the violence in Kasganj. The Chief Minister has also directed the officers to ensure that such incidents do not take place across the state in future," he further said.
Several other BJP leaders not only denounced the bureaucrat for his remarks but also demanded action against him.
One MLA, Rajesh Mishra, told the media that such an official had no business remaining in the chair for even a minute and that he will raise the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah and CM Yogi.
"His mentality as reflected in the Facebook post clearly shows he is working against our values and hence should be acted against," Mishra said.
The Facebook post said that forced entry of people into minority areas and sloganeering against Pakistan were disturbing the law and order.
Official sources said that Adityanath had reportedly ticked off the District Magistrate over telephone on Tuesday. He has also been reportedly summoned to Lucknow.
The controversial post has since been deleted, apparently under pressure from the government.