The story of Tripura District Magistrate Shailesh Kumar Yadav has become the most viral news emerging out of Tripura this month. Yadav shot into the limelight on Tuesday after a video of him thrashing a groom for flouting the imposed night curfew went viral on April 27. Following this, the DM faced major backlash from politicians, netizens and locals, while many others showed their support for the officer.
What was perplexing, however, was that on Thursday, two of the top trends on Twitter said that Yadav had been suspended. The hashtags #IStandWithShaileshYadav and #DM_शैलेश_यादव_सस्पेंड were trending at number 3 and 4 respectively at the time of filing this report.
However, EastMojo can now confirm that as of filing this report, Yadav is still in service and all reports of him being suspended are merely rumours. There has been no official confirmation of the same, but that did not stop media outlets from publishing the same.
The chief minister’s office refuted reports of Yadav’s suspension, calling it ‘propaganda’.
Speaking with EastMojo, an official from the state secretariat confirmed that the CM ordered an inquiry against the alleged incident and sought a report from the chief secretary Manoj Kumar at the earliest.
Reportedly, the committee comprising two top IAS officers, including Tanushree Debbarma and Kiran Gitte, was formed to inquire about the incident and place the report to the chief secretary after which the committee would sit and give their observation on the incident.
The West district Magistrate has filed a case under section 188 of Indian Penal Code (IPC), 51 of Disaster Management Act 2005 against the two families who had flouted the section 144 of CrPC order in the West Agartala police station. On Thursday, contrary to online rumours, he attended office and worked like usual.
Who said Yadav was suspended?
A report by NENOW says Yadav has been suspended but provides no proof of the same. Instead, it mentions that “West Tripura DM Shailesh Kumar Yadav has reportedly been suspended for manhandling people including a groom at a wedding ceremony in Agartala, a couple of days back”.
Similarly, the Free Press Journal did a similar story with the headline “West Tripura DM suspended after a video of him forcefully stopping wedding ceremony goes viral” which is based on a Hindi report from ABP news. The Hindi channel said the action was taken following intervention by the Tripura CM but fails to provide any source to support their claim.
Yadav has been under intense scrutiny in the past couple of days but it remains to be seen as to what action, if any, is taken against him. Reports of his suspension, at the time of filing this report, are completely false.