‘Embezzlement’ in B’pore Post Office triggers protest

Bandipore, Feb 24: Scores of people who had deposited money in the Post Office here staged demonstrations against its officials on Wednesday and demanded their money back.  Shouting sloga...

Bandipore, Feb 24: Scores of people who had deposited money in the Post Office here staged demonstrations against its officials on Wednesday and demanded their money back.
 Shouting slogans, the protesters alleged that the staff had embezzled near Rs one crore by providing "fictitious receipts." The protesters demanded a thorough probe into the matter. "I have deposited Rs 180,000. But I was shocked to see my balance nil. I want my money back," said Shakeela while displaying a receipt of the Post Office. 
 District Superintendent of the Post Office Varmul, G L Pandita, acknowledged that the money had been embezzled. "We have already suspended the post master and other officials. Let the people come to us with the receipts and we will return the money after completion of formalities," he said.   
 Last year following massive protests, Government had also initiated a probe into the matter. The probe was conducted by the then additional deputy commissioner of Bandipora Peerzada Mushtaq Bhat. "However even the Government failed to help us to get our money back," the protesters said. Later they marched to the deputy commissioner's officer and staged a sit-in.

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