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UP IAS Officer Apologises After Taunting Dalit Politicians for their 'Expensive Clothes and Cars'

"I apologise from the bottom of my heart, with folded hands and my head bowed," he said.

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Updated:September 3, 2019, 2:15 PM IST
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UP IAS Officer Apologises After Taunting Dalit Politicians for their 'Expensive Clothes and Cars'
"I apologise from the bottom of my heart, with folded hands and my head bowed," he said.
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In a rather unusual development, an IAS officer posted in Uttar Pradesh has issued a public apology after he taunted some Dalit leaders of the BSP for their 'expensive clothes and cars'.

"It was my mistake. It was also childish to refer to somebody's watch, shoes or car. It did not occur to me then, but now I feel it," tweeted Bhawani Singh Khangorat, the District Magistrate of Ballia, after he was mercilessly trolled on the social media for commenting on the 'watches, shoes and cars' of Dalit leaders, who were visiting a primary school in the town.

The incident took place on August 29, when the District Magistrate was visiting the Rampur primary school following media reports that Dalit students there were made to sit separately from the upper caste children and were served food on banana leaves.

A team of BSP leaders had already reached the school and when the District Magistrate arrived, he said he was "astonished to find big cars parked outside the school".

"I don't know which party they belonged to but from their attire, they looked like politicians. White clothes, expensive shoes, expensive watches. It seemed they were big and rich people," he had told reporters.

ANI later reported that the IAS officer hurled casteist slurs at the Dalit leaders for wearing good clothes and shoes. As per the ANI video, they can be heard saying, "Can't Dalit leaders in BJP government wear good clothes?"

This was followed by a massive social media outrage, where several netizens shared images of their shoes.

Later a video clip surfaced in which the officer was seen making similar comments to BSP zonal coordinator Madan Ram. In the video, he was seen pointing to the BSP leader and saying, "Rs 25 lakh ki gadi mein safedposh" and then went on to ask the cost of his shoes and watch.

Khangorat also accused the BSP leaders of engaging in "theatrics". Soon there was a barrage of comments on the social media criticising him. The District Magistrate admitted to not giving due respect to the BSP leaders and said the social media had shown him the "mirror".

"I apologise from the bottom of my heart, with folded hands and my head bowed," he said.

(With inputs from IANS)

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