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Jail staff commence indefinite strike

Shillong, Oct. 10: Employees of Shillong district jail today commenced their second phase of agitation by staging an indefinite strike and demanding the removal of director-general (prisons) Kulbir Krishan.

On September 29, the employees had staged a similar strike against Krishan and had given a 10-day deadline to the state government to remove him.

The director-general, it was alleged, had been high-handedness and contravened the jail manual.

Krishan, on the other hand, brought to the forefront alleged financial irregularities where some of the staff members were involved.

Justifying the second phase of agitation, one of the employees said the delay on the part of the government to remove Krishan had provoked them to stage the ceaseweork.

However, the employees said East Khasi Hills deputy commissioner Sanjay Goyal has invited them for talks tomorrow morning. Only 10 employees have been asked to meet the deputy commissioner.

The employees also demanded that the inquiry, which was constituted by the government recently, should be impartial.

“The government should ensure that the inquiry would be free and fair. To achieve that, we want Krishan to be temporarily removed from office,” one of the employees said.

Among others, the employees also demanded that the policy of calling them to Krishan’s official bungalow should be stopped, while the transferring of staffs should be according to the norms.

They also demanded officiating staff should not be terminated from their jobs without prior notice.

On October 3, the state government constituted an inquiry to look into the various irregularities in the district jail.

East Khasi Hills additional district magistrate D.M. Wahlang was appointed as the head of the inquiry board.

Last month, Krishan had submitted a report to the government pointing out several irregularities taking place inside the jail.

He had said in July this year, he had unearthed financial irregularities in the jail.

The allegations of financial irregularities will be included in the inquiry agenda headed by Wahlang, the reasons, which led to the observation of ceasework.

The inquiry would also examine the alleged nexus between some of the jail staff and the high-security prisoners and indicate whether the security of the jail has been compromised because of such nexus.

Wahlang, who will be assisted by an officer of the Examiner of Local Accounts, Shillong, has been asked to submit his report within a week’s time.

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