Death On Duty
Manjunath a boy from a poor family got into one of the most prestigious colleges that we all aspire to get, IIM L(IIM Lucknow).His parents thought that their bad days would have finally gone and the bed would have been all rosy from here on.But it was not to be so.
After graduating from IIM L ,Manjunath took up a job as a sales manager in IOC(Indian Oil Corporation) unlike his other colleagues who took jobs abroad with large pay packages,Manjunath wanted to serve the country.He became India’s first independent sales manager in over a decade.But that joy did not last long.
During his two year stint Manjunath approved the opening of seven petrol pumps.His aim was to decimate the monopoly prevalent in the oil industry. He took his responsibilities seriously.He was a man who had been inculcated to always take the right path by his parents.To not be suppressed by the wrong doers.And Manjunath just did that. While working for the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) in Lucknow, he had ordered two petrol pumps at Lakhimpur Kheri sealed for selling adulterated fuel for three months. When the pump started operating again a month later, Manjunath decided to conduct a surprise raid around November 19, 2005.
Having not heard from his son for three days, at around 9 that night, his father, M Shanmughan, had sent an SMS: “How are you?“. There was no reply because that very evening, during his inspection, Manjunath had been abducted, badly beaten up and eventually shot dead. His body, riddled with at least six bullets, was found in the backseat of his own car.
By compromising with the oil dealers and shaking hands with the Oil Mafia ,Manjunath could have become a millionare.But he valued his principles more than all the wealth in the world.Upholding his principles and ideals,Manjunath had to sacrifice his life.
By his death Manjunath has set an example for the materialistic youth of today.Amit Salutes your principles,your courage and your work ethics.And I am sure every Indian does too.
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