A sub-divisional officer in a Uttar Pradesh government power distribution company put up a poster of the dead Islamic terrorist in his office on 1 June. The woke Hindu engineer landed in soup after he was suspended from his duty for putting up a picture of the al Qaeda terrorist on his desk, with an accompanying caption underneath the picture that read: “Respected Osama bin Laden, world’s best junior engineer”.
Senior district officers took note of the matter after Osama bin Laden’s picture went viral on social media, officials reported. The authority initiated tough disciplinary action against the staffer over the violation of the Uttar Pradesh Government Servants’ Conduct Manual, 1956.
“Managing Director of DVVNL has suspended SDO Ravindra Prakash Gautam following an inquiry into the incident,” Farrukhabad District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar Singh said.
The engineer, however, remained defiant despite his suspension from service. “Anyone can be an idol. Osama bin Laden was the best junior engineer in the world. The picture has been removed, but I have several copies,” Gautam said in defence of his action. According to a preliminary probe, Gautam had put up Osama bin Laden’s poster after he had read in a book that the terrorist had a civil engineering degree while his economics degree is established.
Osama bin Laden was eliminated in a covert US military operation in Pakistan’s Abbottabad in 2011 after a decade-long hunt for his role in the infamous twin tower attacks on New York’s World Trade Center on 11 September 2001. Laden was believed to be the founder of the al Qaeda terrorist network. His deputy Aymen al Zawahiri, a surgeon otherwise, runs the Islamic terrorist organisation now.