Sushil Kumar, however, said that he had, in fact, written it to explain the format of an official letter to a new employee.

UP engineer writes to junior asking for his matchbox back leaves internet in splitsImage for representation
news Viral Sunday, February 04, 2018 - 13:43

A letter written by an engineer working in the electricity urban test division of Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh is giving many a good laugh on social media.

Writing in Hindi, Sushil Kumar, an assistant engineer (meter), penned a letter to his junior Mohit Pant on February 1 with the subject line: ‘In relation to not returning the matchbox borrowed on 23 January 2018’.

Sushil began the letter by informing Mohit that due to increased work pressure, employees in the department had been staying in the office late into the nights in order to complete their work.

“On January 23, 2018 (Tuesday), around 8:40 pm, you had borrowed a matchbox, which was used to light Mortein (mosquito-repellent coils) in the office. It had nearly 19 matchsticks in it. But it is a regrettable matter that as on February 1, 2018, you still haven’t returned the said matchbox which came in handy during power cuts in the office,” he wrote.

“Hence, you are directed to return the said matchbox within three days of receiving this letter so that no dispute arises in the department regarding this and mutual trust is maintained among employees. In case of failure to carry out the order, you shall be responsible for any investigation into the matter,” the letter further stated.

Sushil then ended the letter with his signature and official stamp.

A picture of the letter was tweeted by Rahul Srivastav, ASP with the UP Police, along with a post stating, “Do inform if the matchbox is not returned. We will launch an investigation into it.”

The ASP’s tweet has been retweeted more than 800 times and has elicited more than 250 reactions.

However, Sushil Kumar, who never thought that his letter would go viral, said that he had, in fact, written it to explain the format of an official letter to a new employee.

“An untrained computer operator who recently joined our department had asked me to provide format for an official letter marked to our seniors. I was about to write a sample letter on some other issue when there was a sudden power cut. As I needed a matchbox to light the candle, it reminded me that my colleague Mohit Pant hadn’t returned it to me. I wrote the sample letter on this, but didn’t dispatch it. However, somebody from our office clicked a picture of the letter and posted it on social media,” Sushil told The Times of India.

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