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Senior IPS officer quits service in ‘civil disobedience’ against citizenship bill

Maharashtra cadre IPS officer Abdur Rahman, who has been vocal against the citizenship bill and also on other issues, posts his ‘resignation letter’ on Twitter.

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New Delhi: Minutes before the Rajya Sabha passed the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill Wednesday, senior IPS officer Abdur Rahman resigned from the service in protest against the proposed legislation — a decision he said he took in “civil disobedience”.

Posting his resignation on Twitter, Rahman, a 1997-Batch IPS officer of the Maharashtra cadre, said, “I condemn this Bill. As a civil disobedience, I have decided not to continue in the service and thus not to attend office from tomorrow.”

“I am quitting the service finally. I am sorry to those who want me to continue in service and give justice to the deprived people,” he added.

Rahman had been serving as the Special IGP of the Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission since March this year.

Rahman had tweeted Tuesday, “During the passage of the Bill, wrong facts, misleadingly information, wrong logic were produced by the HM. History was distorted. The idea behind the bill is to stoke fear in Muslims and divide the nation. We condemn ‪#CitizenshipAmendmentBill.”

Had sought voluntary retirement earlier

After Rahman posted his resignation, some Twitter users pointed out that he had already sought voluntary retirement for personal reasons but it was not accepted by the government, and alleged that he was now trying to pass off his resignation as a protest.

The “resignation letter” that Rahman posted on Twitter, however, mentions this fact that he had tendered his resignation in August this year, and it was not accepted by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Rahman did not respond when reached by ThePrint for a comment.

Rahman’s resignation comes months after two IAS officers quit the administrative service in protest against the central government’s decision to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution, which gave certain privileges to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.

He is, however, the first police officer to quit in protest.

Also read: India will never be Muslim-mukt nation, citizenship bill not to target community: Amit Shah


“I humbly request the people belonging to the poor and people of deprived sections i.e. SCs, STs, OBCs and Muslims to oppose the Bill in a democratic manner as it is going to harm them the most,” Rahman said in the letter he posted on Twitter. “I also request tolerant, secular, and justice loving Hindu brothers who have idea of a prosperous and united India to oppose the Bill.”

An outspoken police officer

Rahman, an outspoken officer, has been vocal in the past too on issues concerning the Muslim community. In what is an aberration in the bureaucracy, Rahman routinely called out the political dispensation for its biases against Muslims.

Rahman’s book, ‘Denial and Deprivation: Indian Muslims after the Sachar Committee and Rangnath Mishra Commission Report’, came out earlier this year.

In an interview to The Indian Express, Rahman said, “If today, they are facing discrimination, lynching, no party is coming forward to talk about them. They think that if they speak about Muslims, they will antagonise the majority community.”

While most bureaucrats shy away from openly commenting on political developments, Rahman showed his support to the Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP alliance in Maharashtra before the three parties formed the government last month.

“See page 3 of Common Minimum Programme of ‪#MahaVikasAaghadigovt. Under head social justice it says, “The govt will implement various schemes to remove social, educational and economic backwardness of the minority communities”. Welcome step. Will it implement the SACHAR REPORT?” Rahman tweeted.

After the Telangana police shot dead in a purported encounter all four accused in the Hyderabad vet’s rape and murder case, Rahman tweeted last week, “The media and blinded people have justified the lynching of poor and deprived, killing of lower caste women on suspicion of witchcraft, killing in encounters of Muslim youths in the name of fighting terror. We are shamelessly failed as a civilised society.”

In 2014, he had translated the Sachar Committee report into Hindi in a book titled Sachar ki Sifarishein.

Also read: ‘We’re not monsters’ — IPS officers say celebration of ‘Hyderabad encounter’ in poor taste


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  1. By looking this as anti Muslims you have insulted the Constitution and the Idea of India because you are Indian first and then bla bla bla. Despite a police officer of this country this was not expected out of you.

  2. Must be a politician’s relative or son or son in law, must be careful of civil servants with political motives

  3. Such jihadis should be kicked out for better, there should be a vetting process, so such people don’t enter the service.

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