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IMPHAL: The Postal Services staff of the State have demanded the transfer of director Postal Services Manipur Division Imphal Vinod Kumar from the State at the earliest, charging him of willful harassment of a woman staff in a public place on March 3.
Making their demand, the staff launched an indefinite cease work strike from Friday.
As part of their agitation, the postal staff also staged a sit in protest at their office premise.
The All India Postal Employees Union P-III and P-IV Manipur Division Branch, Imphal secretary organisation N Gojendra Singh said the postal staff strongly condemn Vinod Kumar's misbehaviour with the woman staff in front of the public.
The staff also demanded that the DPS, Manipur Division Imphal has to tender an unconditional apology to the staffs of the Manipur Division and the circle administration should initiate appropriate actions to transfer the responsible officer from the division, he said.
Gojendra said that the postal directorate is also requested to initiate appropriate disciplinary action against Vinod Kumar for his misbehaviour with a subordinate staff.
He said if their demands are not met, the staff union of Manipur postal division will be compelled to decide on future course of agitations.
The secretary also claimed that the director has been making the Manipur postal staff to work overtime without availing any benefit unlike in other places.
He said the victim has also filed a complaint to the All India Postal Employees Union, P-III, Manipur division, Imphal.
According to the statement of the alleged victim, she was waiting for transportation to go to her office around 8:35 am on March 3, when the DPS Manipur Division suddenly approached her and made a verbal query for her presence there.
After she replied that she was waiting for an auto-rickshaw, the DPS despite the fact that the office timing was 9 am and she had enough time to reach office in time asked her why she was late, she claimed.
She added that the DPS shouted at her and abused her in the public place defying her dignity as an individual.
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