A group of NGOs here have appealed to the Uttar Pradesh government to withdraw the action taken against IAS officer Durga Sakthi Nagpal who had taken on the sand mafia in the area.
In a statement, Jamuna Thiagarajan, president of the Palar Future Group said Nagpal had put up a stiff fight against the sand mafia and dredging from the Yamuna and Hindon rivers, and that the Vellore NGOs would send a memorandum to the UP chief minister.
A Asokan, secretary of the Movement for Environment Protection and Social Development, said the situation in UP was not different from what was going on in the Palar river. In the case of Nagpal, UP should order an enquiry.
R Mullai, state executive member of the Tamilnadu Vivasayigal Sangam, noted that by punishing sincere officials for doing a good job, the state government was only allowing the administrative machinery to get more corrupt.
Social activist R Chandrasekaran said there were many officials in the lower cadre fighting corruption but they get victimised by politicians with clout.