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‘Shocked and sad’: IAS Awanish Sharan after seeing his photo with suicide news on Hindi portal

Chhattisgarh's Kabirdham District Collector Awanish Sharan tweeted that the suicide news is not related to him and he was shocked to see it.

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New Delhi: A leading Hindi digital news portal used IAS officer Awanish Sharan’s picture for a news item related to a suicide case, and did not remove it for 18 hours. Sharan is the collector of Chhattisgarh’s Kabirdham district.

Patrika News Chhattisgarh Monday published the news item on its web portal about the suicide of a Bhilai Steel Plant manager and used the IAS officer’s photograph as the featured image. Sharan tweeted Monday saying the news was not even “remotely related” to him.

The portal later removed the news from its website and the social media handle. Speaking to ThePrint, Sharan said he understands that mistakes happen but he was shocked and sad to see that the news was not corrected for 18 hours. “Journalists should be careful, especially when you work for a web portal,” he said.

‘Should have been reflected in their portal also’

The 2009 batch IAS officer also said he was not given any explanation by the portal, nor did they publicly acknowledge their mistake. “The journalist personally apologised to me but it should have been reflected in their portal also.”

The incident was condemned by other civil services officers on Twitter, including senior IPS officer R.K. Vij and IG of Bilaspur Dipanshu Kabra.

Awanish Sharan hit the headlines last year after he chose to admit his daughter to a government school. He was in the list of top 10 IAS officers curated by The Better India for his initiatives including launching a tribal motorbike ambulance catering to the needs of tribals in his district.

Sharan is also leading the fight against coronavirus in his district. He donated his entire month’s salary to the chief minister’s relief fund and has a district surveillance unit and call centre for the citizens facing difficulties due to the lockdown.

Also read: ‘100 Hindus’, said to be in Chhattisgarh Tablighi isolation list, complain of social boycott

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  1. If media isn’t going proper information about an I.A.S.Officer, what’s about common and ordinary people, this is the serious for people

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