Amethi DM removed for ‘misbehaving’ with kin of BJP leader’s slain son

Former District Magistrate of Amethi Prashant Sharma. (Twitter)

Amethi District Magistrate (DM) Prashant Sharma was Thursday removed from his post-- a day after a purported video showing him dragging the kin of a man, who was murdered Tuesday night by unidentified assailants, went viral on social media.

An official order passed by the Uttar Pradesh government said the DM has been put on the waitlist, while vice-chairman of Moradabad Development authority Arun Kumar has been posted as new Amethi DM.

In the purported video, the DM is seen dragging a PCS officer Sunil Singh, who is the cousin of deceased Sonu Singh whose father Shivnayak Singh is a senior BJP leader in the district. Sonu Singh owned a brick kiln.

The video was purportedly shot when Sunil Singh visited the post-mortem house on Wednesday.

Reacting to the video, Union minister and Amethi MP Smriti Irani Wednesday evening tweeted, “We should always try to be sensitive and polite. We are servants of the people, not rulers.” She had tagged the Amethi DM handle in the tweet.

Prashant Sharma had Wednesday tweeted from the Amethi DM handle, “Videos can be edited to look like something that is not true and spread to create mischief. Here is a statement from the officer, Mr Sunil Singh himself, clarifying the situation…”

A video was also tweeted from the Amethi DM handle in which Sunil Singh is defending the DM and says, “Dear mediapersons, I saw a news on TV channels today where it was being shown that DM Amethi had misbehaved with me. Whereas, nothing like this happened. The video being broadcast is an edited video. The DM heard all our problems and he assured us of all the help possible. I have personal relations with the DM for several years.”