Recipient of Maharashtra’s highest state award for officers in the category of communal harmony—Mahatma Gandhi Peace Award—in 2008, Inspector General Abdur Rahman, resigned from the service on Wednesday evening, as a mark of protest against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019. He issued a statement saying, “as [an act of] civil disobedience, I have decided not to continue the service”. Rahman was Inspector General for Maharashtra Human Rights Commission.
His statement read, “It (this Bill) clearly discriminates against the people belonging to the Muslim community. The Bill is totally unconstitutional and is against the very basic feature of equality before law. It violates article 14, 15 and 25 of the Indian Constitution.”
Rahman was appointed as an IG earlier this year. He is an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) graduate and 1997 batch IPS officer. He has also served as Commandant State Reserve Police Force (SRPF). During his tenure as Additional SP in Yavatmal, he had successfully managed to control a riot situation.
Rahman has also written two books. His latest book Denial and Deprivation: Indian Muslims after the Sachchar Committee and Rangnath Mishra Commission Reports has received critical acclaim.
In his statement, Rahman says, “We have heard repeatedly that this will be implemented along with NRC. We have seen the result of NRC exercise in the state of Assam where about 19 lakh people are kept out of NRC and among them 14 to 15 lakh belong to the Hindu community.”
He has appealed to the people belonging to ‘all deprived sections i.e. SCs, STs, OBCs and Muslims, to oppose the (Bill) in a democratic manner.' He has also requested 'tolerant, secular and justice-loving Hindu brothers to oppose the Bill'.
“As [an act of] civil disobedience, I have decided not to continue the service and thus not to attend the office from tomorrow. I am quitting the service finally. I say sorry to those people who wanted me to continue to give justice to the deprived people,” read the statement.