The Yogi Adityanath government of Uttar Pradesh had allegedly locked up and tortured its women employees who worked in their helpline 1076. Difficult to believe? That’s what the women employees claim happened when they asked the authorities to pay the salaries pending for the past four months.

Over 10 employees fainted while protesting at their office in Lucknow’s Gomti Nagar on Friday. Later that day, Ram Manohar Lohia hospital admitted these women for treatment.

“We told them to give our salaries and we would leave. The officials took us into a room for negotiation but locked us in,” said a protester

One of the protesters claimed that their seniors did not allow them to punch in their cards while entering the office at 7 am. In fact, they asked the staffers to mark it on a piece of paper, which is not the norm.

“We told them to give our salaries and we would leave. The officials took us into a room for negotiation, but locked us in,” she said.

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SHO of Vibhuti Khand, Satyendra Kumar Rai, told News 18, “We received a call around 7.30 am from a woman who said that around 100 women employees of the CM helpline were locked in a room and some had consumed a substance. We immediately reached the spot and opened the room. One Shalu Yadav had fainted, while Shama, Shalini, and Shivani had vomited. We took them to RML Hospital.”

The staffers also met UP Chief Secretary Rajiv Kumar on Friday who promised them disbursal of their salaries. They had also alleged that their trainer and supervisor Anurag and Ashutosh forced them to sign on a piece of blank paper. And two days before this, they had also complained about the matter to SHO Rai.

But the project head of the call centre where these women work has a different story to tell. He said that the helpline has already deposited everyone’s salary in their accounts on February 8.

“We have 1,200 employees working in three shifts. Only some have problems because of bank issues,” said Mishra.

Picture credit- The Indian Express

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