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DEO suspects involvement of an employee

Whodunit:Fire service personnel dousing the fire at DEO office, in Nalgonda on Wednesday.- Photo: Singam Venkataramana
Whodunit:Fire service personnel dousing the fire at DEO office, in Nalgonda on Wednesday.- Photo: Singam Venkataramana

Significant files relating to various irregularities and computers with important data were reduced to ashes in a fire accident in District Educational Officer’s office here on Wednesday morning. A passerby, who noticed the fire, alerted the Fire Department personnel who rushed fire tenders to the spot. But by the time they doused fire, many important files were gutted.

Speaking to The Hindu , DEO A. Jagadeesh said that files connected to at least six inquiries among the documents were destroyed. Suspecting the involvement of an employee in the incident who was suspended by him, Mr. Jagadeesh said that only the DEO office staff knew the exact location of the files. The employee, who worked in the capacity of superintendent, was suspended by Mr. Jagadeesh for forging his signature in issuing permissions to at least 13 private schools in the district in his absence. Later, he was reinstated as Manager at Medak DEO office though a criminal case and a departmental inquiry was pending against him in Nalgonda.

Stating that files pertaining to medical reimbursement bill fraud were also stored in the same room under which 121 teachers were charged, Mr. Jagadeesh said that a file prepared against 18 Mandal Education Officers, who were suspended in connection with various irregularities, was also gutted in fire.

“We have collected the remains and have to check if the hard disks are still intact to retain the information,” he said.

District Collector T. Chiranjeevulu visited the spot and promised to take appropriate action against the culprits involved in the incident, if any.

Meanwhile, teachers’ unions, PRTU, UTF, APTF, SC& ST Teacher’s Association demanded to constitute a special team to complete the inquiry soon and bring the culprits to books.

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