AGARTALA: Sailesh Kumar Yadav, the district magistrate of Tripura, was released from his position on Tuesday (May 3, 2021) after he made a request following a departmental inquiry against him. He had forcibly stopped a wedding to enforce covid-19 protocols in Tripura, the video of which had gone viral and had received a lot of flak from different quarters across the state and the country.
He had written to Chief Secretary Manoj Kumar requesting him to be relinquished from his charge due to the departmental inquiry against him.
“The Government of Tripura has constituted a high-level Enquiry Committee to enquire into incidents which happened on the night of 26th April 2021 during marriage ceremonies being held in violation of Corona Night Curfew at Manikya Court & Golap Bagan, Agartala. In the interest of an impartial enquiry, I request for relinquishment of my charge as DM & Collector West Tripura District”, Yadav’s letter accessed by PTI read.
In the video that had gone viral on social media, Yadav can be seen tearing the document of permission, signed by himself for holding the ceremony. Not only that but he can also be seen forcing everyone to leave the venue with the help of police personnel accompanying him.
Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb had ordered setting up of the enquiry committee comprising two senior IAS officers. It will submit a report to the chief secretary soon, the officials said. Yadav told reporters here that whatever he had done was to maintain law and order.
“It is my duty to enforce law and order and to prevent the spread of COVID-19. I stand by whatever I did that night,” he said.
BJP MP from West Tripura district and the senior-most party leader, Pratima Bhowmik had said the incident was most “undesirable” and should not have happened. The chairman of Tripura Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance, Pradyot Kishore Debbarma, who is also the owner of the wedding venue, had described the incident as “most unfortunate and regrettable” and had demanded an inquiry into it.
The video was widely shared on social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp. Many Twitteratis called it a little overreaction from the side of the DM. Many clamoured for his immediate suspension.
(With PTI inputs)