Engineers from various government departments stayed away from work across Madhya Pradesh on Monday to protest against the alleged government inaction against Datia collector and superintendent of police.
The agitators demonstrated at the public works department (PWD) headquarters in Bhopal and the district headquarters and threatened to go on indefinite strike from November 16 if the government failed to take action in the matter.
President of MP Engineers Association, Akhilesh Upadhyaya, said Datia collector Prakash Jangre had allegedly slapped PWD executive engineer Kamal Singare and detained him along with his subordinate in a police station for about two hours.
“Engineers-in-chief of public works department, physical health engineering, rural engineering services, urban administration department, chief technical supervisor, MP rural roads development authority and water resources department signed a memorandum and submitted it to chief secretary of the state demanding removal of collector and SP of Datia,” said Upadhyaya.
“It is really hard to believe that after submitting an audio clip of the collector accepting his guilt over phone with the executive engineer Singare, no action has been taken in the matter,” added Upadhyaya.
He said that engineers’ associations would wait up till November 16 to see if government takes any action against the collector and SP, if government fails to take any action, engineers cutting across all services of the state government would go on indefinite strike.