83 ex-bureaucrats demand Yogi Adityanath’s resignation over Bulandshahr violence

The letter follows the December 3 killing of Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and another man in Bulandshahr following mob violence over alleged cow slaughter.

As many as 83 former civil servants from Uttar Pradesh — including ex-foreign secretaries Shyam Saran and Shivshankar Menon — have written an open letter criticising the central and the state governments for their alleged failure in acting against the killers of a police officer in Bulandshahr.

They have also demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The letter has blamed him for acting as a priest of the agenda of bigotry and also held the top officers responsible for forgetting their constitutional duties.

The letter follows the December 3 killing of Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and another man in Bulandshahr following mob violence over alleged cow slaughter.

The letter said Adityanath “refuses to acknowledge the gravity of the incident and its communal intent, condemn the perpetrators of violence or direct the police to take action against them but instead asks them to focus attention on those responsible for illegal cow slaughter”.

“The chief minister of the state acted as a high priest of the agenda of bigotry and majoritarian supremacy. It was a deliberate attempt to display majoritarian muscle and send a message to the Muslim community living in the region that they have to live in fear and accept their subordinate status. The chief minister also refused to acknowledge the gravity of the incident and its communal intent, directing the police to take action against the perpetrators but instead focussed attention on those responsible for illegal cow slaughter,” the letter said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also attacked in the letter signed by these former bureaucrats, who also included ex-Delhi lt governor Najeeb Jung, ex-foreign secretary Sujatha Singh, IAS-turned activists Aruna Roy and Harsh Mander, former Prasar Bharati CEO Jawahar Sircar and former Planning Commission secretary NC Saxena.

“Our Prime Minister, who is so voluble in his election campaigns and who never tires of telling us of how the Constitution of India is the only holy book he worships, maintains stony silence even as he sees a Chief Minister handpicked by him treat that same Constitution with sheer contempt,” they said.

The former civil servants in the letter also slammed the top government officers and said, “Our colleagues have forgotten their primary allegiance to the constitution and rule of law. They allowed the hooligans to grow in strength and helped them gain impunity in their lawless action.”

Reacting to criticism, Adityanath had earlier said his government’s action in the case should be praised and described the cow slaughter in Bulandshahr as a “political conspiracy” by those who wanted to create anarchy.

The Tuesday letter by former bureaucrats asked citizens to unite in a “crusade against the politics of hate and division – a politics which aims to destroy the fundamental principles on which our Republic is founded”.

“It is a measure of the rapid erosion of constitutional values that we, as a group, have felt a compelling need to speak out as many as nine times in the last eighteen months,” it said.

The main accused in the case is a leader of right-wing group Bajrang Dal.

The Allahabad High Court has also been requested to take note of this incident and order a judicial probe to fix responsibility and expose the political collusion.

The letter also reminded the state’s chief secretary, the director general of police and the home secretary “of their constitutional duty to fearlessly implement the rule of law rather than the perverse dictates of their political masters”.

Responding to the open letter, UP Deputy Chief Minister Dr Dinesh Sharma said, “This a conspiracy against the government and bureaucracy to tarnish its image. Such people have a common agenda and they want to create tension in the society. Such letters do not hold any significance.”

A group of former bureaucrats and activists had also written critical open letters following the rape cases of minors in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir and Unnao in Uttar Pradesh.

Source: Daily Sabah

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