IAS officer issues apology for casteist remarks in Uttar Pradesh

Published: Sep 03, 2019, 10:25 IST | mid-day online correspondent

A video clip which surfaced on the internet, the officer made similar comments to BSP zonal coordinator Madan Ram

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This image has been used for representational purposes only

An IAS officer who is posted in Uttar Pradesh issued an apology after he taunted some Dalit leaders from Bahujan Samaj Party for their expensive clothes and cars.

Bhawani Singh Khangorat, the District Magistrate of Ballia, tweeted, "It was my mistake. It was also childish to refer to somebody's watch, shoes or car. It did not occur to me then, but now I feel it."

The incident occurred on August 29. Khangorat was visiting the Rampur Primary school after media reports suggested that Dalit students were made to sit separately and were served food on banana leaves. When the District Magistrate arrived, a team of BSP leaders had already reached the school.

"I don't know which party they belonged to but from their attire, they looked like politicians. White clothes, expensive shoes, expensive watches. It seemed they were big and rich people," he had told reporters.

A video clip which surfaced on the internet, the officer made similar comments to BSP zonal coordinator Madan Ram. He said, "Rs 25 lakh ki gadi mein safedposh" and then he also asked the cost of his shoes and watch.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Edited by mid-day online desk with inputs from Agencies

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