Kendrapara: One of the major
casualties of the continuing five-year-long agitation against
establishment of South Korean Posco`s 12 million tonne steel
plant near Paradip has been the postal service in the area.
The postmen have disappeared for over two and half
years now after the lone post office catering to the need of
three large villages -- Dhinkia, Trilochanpur and Gobindapur
-- has closed down, official sources said.
The government has been continuing its parleys with
the agitators to end the agitation and vacate the area for the
Rs 52,000 crore project including one being held in
Jagatsinghpur town today. But the local people are not
receiving letters nor could send any for a long time.
"We have been forced to close down the post office at
Dhinkia for factors beyond our control since December 2007.
The postal services in the area could not be rendered as the
agitating people did not allow a new post master to join
duty", Jagadish Das, Inspector at the Kujang Sub-divisional
Post Office said.
The post master who was posted at Dhinkia earlier had
been suspended after several criminal cases were instituted
against him for his alleged involvement with an outfit
launched by the agitating people, he said. Besides, a
non-bailable warrant had been issued against him.
When another person was posted as post master there,
the agitating people did not allow him to join and demanded
reinstatement of the earlier post master. That caused the
postal services to collapse in the area, Das said.
"We have issued a disclaimer public notice informing
people that the particular official was suspended," he said.
However, in the public interest, local people were
advised to collect their mail from the Kujang sub-divisional
post office, about 30 km from Dhinkia, where letters and money
orders have been piling up, official sources said.
The state`s Chief Post Master General had intervened
to sort out the matter without success. Now the matter had
been referred to the Director General of Post in New Delhi,
the sources said.