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Technician’s widow sits on dharna outside MSEDCL office

Meenakshi Magar at a dharna outside MSEDCL office along with her relatives on Wednesday. Meenakshi Magar at a dharna outside MSEDCL office along with her relatives on Wednesday.
Express News Service | Pune | Posted: May 1, 2014 3:58 am

Meenakshi Magar (45), widow of MSEDCL technician Dilip Magar who committed suicide on April 7, sat on a day-long dharna outside MSEDCL office on Wednesday, demanding action against senior officers allegedly responsible for her husband’s death. Magar, who was employed at MSEDCL’s Hadapsar sub division office, had served the utility for 35 years.

A resident of Loni Kand, Meenakshi endured the blazing sun as she sat on the dharna. She even broke down when one of the MSEDCL employees tried to understand the reason for her dharna. Her 21-year-old son and other relatives also joined her in the dharna.

In a letter to MSEDCL, Meenakshi named officials who allegedly harassed her husband, which led to his death. She said the MSEDCL has neither suspended nor taken any other action against senior officials responsible for his suicide.

“These officials were pressuring my husband to take the responsibility for the accidental death of his colleague on March 20. For days, they did not even allow my husband to sign the attendance muster,” she said.

Meenakshi said the MSEDCL should investigate why junior officials are harassed by seniors for things they are not even involved in.
“The employee fell from the pole and later died. But why should my husband be blamed for the death…I have been told that in MSEDCL, seniors always put the blame on hapless juniors,” she said.

She said she ended her hunger strike only after MSEDCL officials assured her of action against officials responsible for her husband’s death.

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