The Bihar government seems to be affectionate about egregiously conceited District Agriculture Officer of Araria district, Manoj Kumar, who, recently, was in news for making a Home Guard jawan do sit-ups for performing his duty during lockdown. Kumar has now been transferred to Bihar’s Patna district. However, the controversial part is his new designation. As per reports, Kumar has been promoted to the rank of a Deputy Director.
When asked the Bihar’s Agriculture Minister, Prem Kumar, he confirmed the news to a source while clarifying that the departmental inquiry against Manoj Kumar will continue even after the promotion.
Kumar, on Monday, April 20, was seen in a viral video making a home guard jawan do sit-ups for stopping his car and asking him to show the pass for movement during lockdown. The District Agriculture Officer of Araria got furious on this probing and admonished the Home Guard jawan and made him perform squats and prostrate before him as repentance.
A home guard jawan in Bihar's Araria got a sit-in meeting and apologized after holding his leg because he asked an agricultural officer to show the pass while checking the car @IPSGupteshwar @NitishKumar pic.twitter.com/2PkMu56tDq
— Rajan Baba(Tiwari) (@RajanBabaTiwar3) April 21, 2020
The video of this incident got viral on social media and netizens lashed out at Manoj Kumar and Nitish Kumar led Bihar government, to express their outrage over the misbehaviour with the Jawan for performing his duty.
The Bihar government woke up to the online furore on the indecent and unpleasant behaviour by one of its officers and assured action. On Tuesday, Kumar was served a show cause notice and the police officer, Govind Singh, who was seen in the video acting as a mute spectator was suspended. The Director General of Police (DGP), Gupteshwar Pandey, shared the news of suspension of Additional Sub-inspector of Police, Govind Singh, for humiliating Jawan.
However, the latest development in the story of promotion to the unruly District Agriculture Officer has certainly brought the Bihar government in question.