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Mayawati officers broker BSP legislator-engineer peace

Lucknow, February 22 (Calcutta Tube) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati’s top bureaucrats Monday managed to broker peace between ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) legislator and irrigation executive engineer, who Saturday resigned citing alleged life threats by the legislator.

Legislator Bhim Rao Ambedkar tendered an apology to the engineer Shiv Das, who, in turn, termed the altercation between the two as a ‘misunderstanding’.

The news about the ‘compromise’ between the two was announced Monday evening by Additional Cabinet Secretary Vijay Shankar Pandey at a press conference here.

‘Mr. B.R.Ambedkar, the BSP legislator from Lakhna constituency in Etawah district, has apologised for being rough with the executive engineer, who in turn, has clarified that he would let bygones be bygones and that there were no more any misgivings between the two,’ Pandey told media persons here.

Earlier, addressing his resignation letter to the chief minister, Das alleged that he was being intimidated by the legislator.

‘Ambedkar had gone to the extent of threatening me that he would bump him off in the same manner as another BSP MLA, Shekhar Tiwari, had done to a PWD executive engineer, Manoj Kumar Gupta, in the neighbouring Auraiya district in 2008,’ he wrote in the letter.

Gupta was beaten to death by Tiwari, who is currently jailed and facing murder charges.

The chief minister Sunday ordered a high-level probe into the case and entrusted the inquiry to Principal Secretary Irrigation K.S.Atoria.

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