Even as people face a lot of problems on a daily basis due to lack of Aadhaar cards, hundreds of such cards on Thursday were found buried in an open field without being given to the card holders.
A huge number of Aadhaar cards were dug out from Darab village under Jirang panchayat of Mohana block in Gajapati district. The incident has triggered resentment among the locals who demanded a probe into the incident.
According to sources, several residents of Darab and other neighbouring villages had applied for Aadhaar cards in the local Jana Seva Kendra. They were supposed to receive their Aadhaar cards through post.
Even as months passed by, they did not receive their Aadhaar cards. When contacted, the local postmaster claimed that he had not received any Aadhar cards through post.
However, a local spotted the postmaster dumping huge number of Aadhaar cards in an open field and burying it. He then alerted other residents who reached the spot and dug out all the Aadhaar cards.
Angry residents demanded stringent action against the postmaster and distributed the Aadhaar cards among themselves.
“A brother of mine had gone to the post office when he saw the postmaster throwing away the Aadhaar cards and informed us. We reached there and dug out all the cards from the ground. He had buried the Aadhaar cards of hundreds of people from five to six villagers,” alleged Narayana Sabar, Ward Member of Darab village.
“We learnt that our postal friend has committed such heinous act. It is highly commendable. No one had complaint anything against him till now. We would have taken action against him, if we had received any complaint. We will now inform our higher authorities about his act and they will take necessary action against him,” Minaketan Sabar, sub-postmaster, Chandragiri post office.