Kendrapara, Nov 22 (LocalWire): The man from Kendrapara district who climbed up a water tank in Bhubaneswar today giving anxious moments to the police and fire brigade personnel had been sacked from postal service three years back for not delivering letters.
Taking a cue from 70’s Bollywood super hit Hindi movie Sholay, Subodha Kumar Barik of Praharajpur village went up the water tank in Bhubaneswar.
Police and fire brigade personnel rushed to the tower and managed to rescue him.
‘Subodha Kumar Barik was working as a Grameen Dak Sevak or mail carrier at Mahu sub-post office under Aul block since 2001.
He was mentally unstable and was admitted at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack in 2016.
He arranged another villager to work as his substitute who died of heart attack in 2017and letters or parcels could not be delivered for a week.
The authorities sacked him from service as he blatantly violated the service norms.
‘Authorities sacked him for dereliction of duty. He went to Bhubaneswar to meet his lawyer and to approach the Chief Postmaster General, Odisha circle for his reinstatement,’ said Nirmal Chandra Singh, the secretary of All India Postal Employees Union Gramina Dak Sevek Odisha and the post master of Alava branch post office in Kendrapara district.
‘My son requested the authorities to reinstate him in his job.
But the officials did not pay any heed to his pleas and so he tried to end his life. He has a two-year-old daughter and he is the only earning member of our family.
We are facing financial problems after he was dismissed from his job.
We are now praying for his speedy recovery in the hospital in Bhubaneswar,’ said Krushna Chandra Barik, Subodh’s father.
Sarada Prasad Das, the assistant postmaster of Kendrapara head post office said, ‘Subodh was dismissed from service for not delivering letters three years back. He was suffering from mental illness.’