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Mantralaya staff violate Sec 144

india Updated: Jul 22, 2006 02:01 IST

GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES on Friday violated prohibitory orders under Section 144, enforced during the assembly session gathering at  Gate number one of Mantralaya to hear their leaders, who have called for a day’s strike on Monday.

Surprisingly, neither the security officer of Mantralaya nor the district administration made any attempt to prevent the gathering.

Though the Security Officer of Mantralaya, Priyanka Mishra expressed her ignorance about any such meeting and described it a routine lunch gathering of employees, general secretary and spokesman of M P Secretariat Employees Association, Sudhir Nayak claimed in a statement that nearly 1000 employees were present at the meeting. 

Some employees, who are not supporting the strike call alleged that there was no efforts on the part of the Vallabh Bhawan security staff or the district administration to disperse the gathering.

The prohibitory orders, clamped on the eve of the assembly session  banned gate meeting, public meetings, rallies or any other protest. As Vallabh Bhawan comes under the periphery of the Vidhan Sabha, Sec 144 was imposed in its premises also.

As a result of the meeting, gate number one of Mantralaya was completely blocked and both the passages leading to Post Office and accounts Section remained blocked for about half an hour.

At the meeting, leaders called upon the employees to prepare for a ‘decisive battle to snatch their rights.’ They also
criticised those leaders of Mantralaya, who are not joining the July 24 strike.

President of the association, Shiv Singh Tomar, Sudhir Naik, Sanjay Rathore, Usha Kiran Singh, Rajkumar Patel, Subhash Verma, Kishan Sharma, Shaad Akhtar Siddiqui, Santmani Sharma, Arvind Dhiman, Anil Tiwari and Ajit Rai addressed the meeting and urged the employees to make the strike a success.