CS to inquire domestic use of Class IV employees in officer's house

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Bhubaneswar, May 22 (UNI) Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today directed state Chief Secretary Ajit Kumar Tripathy to conduct an inquiry into the domestic use of Class IV employees by officials.

The Chief Minister's instruction came after a Class IV employee was critically injured yesterday inside the official residence of a senior IAS couple in the city.

The state government had imposed a ban on the use of Class IV employees in the residences of the officers in 2006 for domestic purposes after an employee was attacked inside a senior IAS officer's house.

Police said gardener Ramesh Sethi was critically injured when he was allegedly attacked inside the residence of senior IAS officer Ardhendu Kumar Sharangi and Madhur Sharangi last night.

Mr Sethi was shifted to the SCB Medical College and Hospital at Cuttack and had to undergo a surgery as he sustained a serious head injury, sources at the hospital said.

Meanwhile, the Class IV Employees Association condemned the attack on Mr Sethi and demanded stringent action against the culprits.

An FIR has been filed in the police station here in connection with the case but no one has been arrested so far.

City Deputy Commissioner of Police Himansu Lal said the police were yet to record the statement of the victim but maintained that strong action would be taken against anyone found involved in assaulting the Class IV employee.

The Class IV employees alleged that the son of the IAS couple, who had also earlier attacked an employee inside the official residence, had assaulted Mr Sethi.

The employees also questioned as to how the government circular, banning the use of Class IV employees for domestic purposes, had been violated by the officials.

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