Assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash: Officials of Delhi government to observe five-minute silence

With the silence to be observed every day, there is no thaw in the strained relation between the AAP dispensation and bureaucracy.

Published: 22nd February 2018 06:20 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd February 2018 06:22 PM   |  A+A-

Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash - PTI

Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash alleged that he was assaulted by a few AAP MLAs during a meeting at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence. Photo: PTI


NEW DELHI: Anguished over the recent alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, the officials of the Delhi government, including IAS and DANICS officers, today observed a five-minute silence to express their anguish over the "breach of faith" by political executive of the city government.

The associations of all IAS, Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS) and Delhi Administration Subordinate Services (DASS) have decided that all the government employees will observe a five-minute silence outside their respective offices on all working days at 1.30 pm during lunch time.

With the silence to be observed every day, there is no thaw in the strained relation between the AAP dispensation and bureaucracy.

"This protest will continue on all working days at 1:30 pm in all the Delhi government offices, Jal board, other affiliated offices till the political executive takes tangible steps to ensure safety and dignity of all government employees," Manisha Saxena, secretary of IAS Association, said.

Home Secretary Manoj Parida today led to the five-minute silence by all officials working at the Delhi Secretariat, which houses offices of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, cabinet ministers, top bureaucrats, including the chief secretary and other officials.

The staff working in various departments such as the revenue department, education department, transport, DUISIB, DTC observed the silence in protest against the alleged assault on Prakash by some Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs at the chief minister's residence earlier this week.

Yesterday, two AAP MLAs were arrested and sent to judicial custody in connection with the alleged assault.

While the AAP maintained the assault charge was a move to malign the party's image, the police yesterday released the report of a medical examination of the chief secretary which said he had a "bruise" on his lower lip and "swelling" behind the ears.


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