Durga Shakti Nagpal is an IAS officer who came into the limelight in 2013 when she was suspended by the UP Government for her actions against corruption and illegal sand mining.Her father was also a government employee who was awarded the Presidents Medal for his distinguished service at the Delhi Cantonment Board.Reportedly, she is an introvert, and she does not like to socialize much. However, she cares deeply about her responsibilities and does whatever she can to fulfil them.She cracked the UPSC Examination in the year 2009 and achieved an All India Rank of 20.Nagpal passed the UPSC Examination in her first attempt, and she was allotted the IRS (Indian Revenue Service). She joined her training for the IRS, but she wanted to be an IAS. Hence, she attempted the UPSC examination once again during her training, she got selected for IAS this time. Durga Shakti Nagpal (extreme left) with her fellow IAS officers.In June 2011, she was allotted the Punjab Cadre, and her first posting was in the Mohali District Administration. She served in Mohali for fourteen months and even exposed a land scam.In August 2012, she was deputed to Uttar Pradesh to join as the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Sadar, Noida.To put a stop on illegal sand mining, she took action and formed a flying squad with officers from the Uttar Pradesh Police. The squad filed 17 FIRs by monitoring illegal sand mining, and the Chief Judicial Magistrate also ordered the arrest of illegal sand miners in 22 cases.She came into the limelight after taking an action against the sand mafia in Greater Noida to stop illegal sand-mining on the banks of the Yamuna and Hindon rivers. Following her orders, the police impounded 297 vehicles and machinery, which were being used for illegal mining and collected fines worth 8.23 lacs INR.Her actions against the sand mafia did not go down well, and the mafia, with the help of some politicians, got her suspended from duty. Reportedly, she was lured into a trap when she was ordered to take down the wall of a mosque, which was being illegally constructed in the Kadalpur village. Even though she took down the wall according to the orders she was given, she faced widespread criticism from the locals and politicians, following which she was suspended.