This post is to express my solidarity towards Manjunath Shanmugan, an IIM graduate who, unlike most of his batch mates, turned down lucrative career offers abroad and choose to work for an Indian Company and in the line of duty, lost his life fighting against oil mafia in UP.
It takes lots of guts and courage to fight against a deep routed corruption and mafia that controlled the oil business in states like UP where law and order, if any, is at the mercy of the very people who break it. Manjunath, as an officer with Indian Oil Corporation, did his best to ensure that end users get un-adulterated fuel and that his employer doesn’t loose revenue because of oil theft. This obviously irritated the oil mafia and soon, a trap was laid to get rid of Manjunath and on 19th Nov 2005, he was murdered brutally.
All accused of this case were found guilty recently and the main accused has been sentenced to death by an UP court.
Manjunath could well have been lost as yet another management graduate minting money elsewhere working for some multinational. But he choose the road less taken and retained an extra-ordinary amount of values, courage, commitment in his work, something very rare to find in today’s youth. His death has initiated a movement across the nation against corruption and he’ll be remembered forever by this country and .
Please join me in Saluting Mr. Manjunath Shanmugam.
Refer these links for more details on Manjunath.