Mathura power dept employees end strike after compensation to family of murdered JE

Mathura: Employees of the power department called off their strike on Friday after the payment of compensation amount to the family of a junior engineer who was shot dead here last week, an office-bearer of the union said.

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The wife of the deceased, Junior engineer Pradeep Kumar (35), was also offered a government job by the Dakshinanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited (DVVNL), according to Rajya Vidyut Parishad Zonal secretary Sangathan Anshul Kumar Sharma.

“We have resumed our duty from Friday after Rs 37 lakh was paid to the bereaved family and job offer to the wife of Pradeep Kumar,” he said.

DVVNL Director (Personnel) Rakesh Kumar met the agitating employees at the dharna venue on Thursday evening and informed them about the steps taken.

Pradeep Kumar was shot dead around 9.30 pm on January 16 in the Jamuna Paar area when he was returning from Panigaon power sub-station,

Sharma said the state government has paid a compensation of Rs 15.44 lakh, while district-level power employees have contributed their one-day salary, amounting to a total of Rs 7 lakh, while the remaining contribution was received from the department and other districts.

The DVVNL has also issued orders to appoint the slain junior engineer’s wife as clerk in the department, Sharma said.

According to Union leader Sachin Dwivedi, Rakesh Kumar assured the employees of police protection for attending the fault during night in rural areas.