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U.P. government removes Amethi DM

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday removed Amethi District Magistrate Prashant Sharma, a day after a video clip of him meeting the bereaved family of Vijay Kumar Singh alias Sonu Singh went viral on social media. On the demands of the family, Mr. Sharma had visited the post-mortem house on Wednesday, where the body of Sonu Singh (35), who was killed by armed miscreants on Tuesday night, was brought. In the video clip that has gone viral, the DM is seen almost dragging a cousin of the deceased. Locals had expressed anguish over the administration’s alleged insensitivity. The State government has removed Mr. Sharma and put him in waiting, a government spokesman said on Thursday. Moradabad Development Authority vice-president Arun Kumar has been posted as Amethi’s District Magistrate replacing Mr. Sharma, the spokesman said. Tagging the DM, Amethi MP Smriti Irani had tweeted “We should be modest and sensitive, this should be our effort. We are public servants, not rulers”. Sonu Singh owned a brick kiln and his father Shivnayak Singh is a senior leader of the ruling BJP in the district.‘Administration not god’ In the video clip, the DM is purportedly heard telling Sonu Singh’s family members that there is no country in the world where killings do not take place and the administration is not god that it can prevent incidents of crime from taking place. “What would you have done had you been in our place? Would you have stopped the killing from taking place?,” he is heard asking the crowd.last_img

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