Muniguda, Mar 9: The postmaster of Bijabandali village post office under Ambadola police limits in the district has allegedly embezzled over Rs one lakh from the accounts of several depositors.
Sources said irregularities were detected after some depositors came to know that postmaster Jitendra Nayak illegally withdrew major chunks of the deposited money from their passbooks by doctoring their signatures and not mentioning it in the postal ledgers.
However, he reflected the amount in their passbooks.
The depositors alleged that the post mater in nexus with other employees of the post office has misappropriated the deposited money of passbook holders.
A depositor said, “Our family members had deposited Rs 60,000 in the post office. Recently, we came to know that the postmaster doctored the signatures of our family members and managed to withdraw the entire money from our accounts last month. ”Another alleged that the postmaster has misappropriated Rs 80,000 from his account.
Acting on the complaints and order of the Postal Inspector of Rayagada on Tuesday visited the post office and conducted investigation into the irregularities.
However, the postmaster managed to flee from the village.
An FIR has been filed against Nayak at Ambadola police station.
Despite being a pretty old organisation since the British India era and even now a reliable agency run by Central Government criss-crossing the country, especially the rural pockets, unscrupulous postal employees have been resorting to duping the depositors.