Wednesday 9 January 2019 1:45 AM UTC
KOLKATTA Jan 9: A West Bengal cadre IAS officer courted controversy on Monday after a video surfaced in which he was seen roughing up a man in a police station for allegedly making lewd comments at his wife on a social media platform.
In the video that went viral, the District Magistrate of Alipurduar Nikhil Nirmal and his wife were seen beating up the man inside the Falakata police station in the presence of the Inspector-in-Charge (IC).
While the district administration was tight lipped about the incident, state secretariat sources said that the DM has been asked to go on leave for 10 days.
Meanwhile, an FIR has been lodged against the DM and his wife at a local police station by the family members of the victim, police said.
The man was reportedly summoned to the Falakata police station on Sunday evening, where the DM and his wife were already present.
The IAS officer and his wife were also heard hurling abuses at the man in the video.
Various human rights organisations have strongly condemned the incident and demanded action against the DM and the IC of Falakata PS.
However, the wife of accused IAS officer Nikhil Nirmal came out in her husband’s support in an emotional post on social networking platform Facebook.
In her post, the Alipurduar District Magistrate’s wife said that Nirmal slapped and kicked the man because he had promised to take care of her and protect her while taking “seven rounds around the fire”.
“Enough has been said. If you want to remove him, remove him but don’t bother a family with a wife and child,” she added.
She went further to say that her husband is the “real hero” and even though the man who can be seen being thrashed by him did not commit rape, he got what was coming to him.
“If someone asks your wife/sister/daughter to ‘open their legs’ let me go in, is it okay?” she asked.
Nirmal who hails from Kerala and is a 2011 Bengal cadre IAS officer is currently posted in West Bengal’s Alipurduar district.
In the video, he can be seen thrashing the man who allegedly posted lewd comments on his wife’s Facebook page inside a police station and in front of police officials.
She also said that even if her husband loses his job, they will have love and it will be enough for them. “I won’t let anyone raise fingers on you even if I die, I will stand like a wall for you. Always,” said the IAS officer’s wife.
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