Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, the best junior engineer in the world, according to a UP energy department official, suspended

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New Delhi: An officer at a state-run electricity company has been suspended for keeping a photo of Osama bin Laden in his office describing the dead Al-Qaeda founder as “best junior engineer in the world”.

Ravindra Prakash Gautam, Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) of Dakshinanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Ltd (DVVNL), placed a picture of Laden in his office, with a note underneath that read “Respected Osama bin Laden, World’s Best Junior Engineer” .

After Laden’s photo with the message went viral on social media, senior district officials took notice and ordered SDO suspended. Laden’s photo was also removed from the office, they said.

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“The Chief Executive of DVVNL has suspended SDO Ravindra Prakash Gautam following an investigation into the incident,” Farrukhabad District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar Singh said.

Meanwhile, the suspended officer defended his actions by saying anyone can be an idol.

“Osama was the best young engineer in the world. The photo has been deleted, but I have several copies,” Gautam said.

I consider Osama bin Laden my ‘guru’ and if the picture is removed I will arrange another one and re-up it,” he added.

During the suspension period, the SDO will be transferred to the Kannauj Electricity Distribution Board. His act is contrary to the provisions of the Government Servants Conduct Rules, 1958, the chief executive added.

State Electricity Department sources told IANS that the SDO put Osama’s photo in the office about a week ago, and although clerks, operators, two junior engineers and a dozen linemen visit it daily, no one raised any objections.

Chief Engineer Rakesh Verma said: ‘A committee has been set up to investigate the matter. A report has been requested and action will also be taken against other employees.

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