After complaints of missing money in several accounts, Haryana circle post office authorities suspended Raj Bala, who was heading the Devinagar post office in Panchkula on Monday.
It is estimated that several lakhs have gone missing from the accounts of villagers. Several villagers gheraoed the post office on Monday.
JK Gulati, superintendent of post offices, Ambala, said branch postmaster Raj Bala with immediate effect and an inquiry had also been marked against her. Gulati, who visited the Devinagar post office on Monday collected the pass books of the various affected account holders. He said they would tally the balances with their record.
“We will investigate the matter thoroughly and ensure that they money is recovered,” said Gulati.
“Money went missing from 10 accounts. The other account holders have just panicked. We will return everyone’s money,” said Raj Bala. When asked where the money had gone, her reply was vague: “You’d better ask senior officers.”
Meanwhile, villagers submitted a complaint regarding the alleged embezzlement in the Sector 21 police post.
“My mother Lajwanti Kaur had Rs 1 lakh in her account. Now, only Rs 3,200 remain. We had been saving since 2012,” said Pawan Kumar, a resident of Devinagar village.
“Raj Bala’s husband gave me a cheque in return of the missing amount for over Rs 26,000 but it bounced,” said Lal Chand.
Pooja, a resident of Devinagar who works in a private firm, said she lost Rs 33,000.