Siliguri: Nikhil Nirmal, the district magistrate of Alipurduar, has been removed from his post and sent on a “leave” for assaulting a youth who had hurled an extremely derogatory comment at his wife in a Facebook post.
Barun Roy, the divisional commissioner of north Bengal, told reporters in Siliguri today that the Nirmal has been asked to go on leave. “The ADM will shoulder the responsibility of the DM till further order,” he said.
Nirmal, a 2011 batch IAS officer and, his wife Nandini Krishnan, are both natives of Ernakulam in Kerala.
Ever since his being posted as the DM of Alipurduar, the young couple has been living with their two children in Alipurduar DM residence.
The two have been getting into social activities in the district and for this, have been mixing with people of the district without vanity.
But a fiasco started on Sunday after Binod Kumar Sarkar, a youth in his early 20’s made an extremely derogatory comment about Nandini in a Facebook group.
On being brought to her notice, Nandini at once reported the matter to Falakata police station.
Police lost no time to arrest the youth. It was then that Nandini along with her husband and DM Alipurduar, Nirmal, reached the police station. They were accompanied by a few social activist friends of Nandini.
There, in the chamber of Soumyajit Roy, the inspector-in-charge of Falakata, the DM and his wife slapped and kicked the accused youth repeatedly.
In the fit of rage, the DM even ended up threatening the youth of murder even as he kept on begging for mercy.
Someone present in the room shot the entire episode on a mobile phone and later leaked to the media persons at Falakata.
In no time, the video went viral on social media and, netizens, while agreeing that the youth should face legal action for his derogatory remarks, condemned the DM and his wife for taking the law into their hands.
Under pressure, the state administration finally removed Nirmal as the DM of Alipurduar. His wife, Nandini, over whose online insult by the youth he lost his cool, however, says she is solidly behind her husband.
“Proud of you. I am lucky that I am your wife, best friend, girlfriend and the mother of your two children,” she has written in a Facebook post mixed in Hindi and English.