UP Mathura authorities reinstated a sanitation worker on Tuesday, days after he was sacked when portraits of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath were found in his garbage cart.
The decision to end his services has come under heavy criticism on social media.
Following this, the Municipal Commissioner, Mathura-Vrindavan Nagar Nigam, Anunaya Jha said that after taking note of the grievances raised by the worker and his family, he was taken back with a warning.
The case came to light on Saturday after videos circulating on social media showed contract sanitation worker Bobby, stationed in the Generalganj area, carrying framed portraits of Prime Minister Modi and Yogi Adityanath in his wheelbarrow.
Earlier, the Additional City Commissioner, Mathura-Vrindavan Nagar Nigam, Satyendra Kumar Tiwari said that Bobby was found lax in his work and his services were terminated.
The contractor, however, maintained that he was only doing his job and that it was not his fault that the portraits had been found in the trash.
The videos showed people accosting Bobby as he went about his business and asking him about the portraits in the wheelbarrow with rubbish.
The worker said he found the portraits on a street and was just doing his job.
People then took the two portraits out of the trash – a third was nearly destroyed – while others recorded the deed on mobile phones.
One of them washed the portraits and took them with him, showed another video that surfaced on social media.