A young engineer from Jharkhand dared to be a whistle blower and paid the penalty with his life in far off Haryana.
The 30-year-old chemical engineer, Anupam Ujwal Tiru, an alumni of the Birla Institute of Technology (Mesra) in Ranchi mustered courage to take the lid off the oil mafia activities at Panipat Plant of the India Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) in Haryana.
Bereaved family members allege he was killed before he exposed the ‘seamy functioning of the unscrupulous elements. The Haryana police are investigating the matter.
This the third time in less than a month, a Jharkhand youth has been found dead in far away land- this time in Harayana’s Panipat district. Tiru’s decomposed body was found June 1 at the oil firm’s chemical disposal pond, around 1.5 kilometers from the refineries main compound.
His family suspects that the young engineer was murdered after he discovered anomalies in dispatch of oil and manipulation in accounts of the dispatch section.
“I tried to tell him (Anupam) not to report the matter. I was trying to warn him of the mafia,” said Anupam’s father Jaiwant Tiru, former additional district judge Simdega district, who received the body on Thursday.
Superintendent of Police- Panipat, Pankaj Nain said, “ We are still investigating the matter. The reports are yet to come in. We will inform the Jharkhand government and family members”.
Nain added the victim was on night duty on May 30, which was a 12-hour shift, but he went missing from midnight, his body was recovered 24 hours later at the disposal pond
Anupam, an engineering graduate from Birla Institute of Technology- Mesra, Ranchi, was employed at the IOCL for the last three years.
“He was extremely meticulous. Since is engineering days he kept a backup on his laptop. Even here, according to his roommate cum colleague, the data of the anomalies are on his hard drive. The laptop is the key,” said relative who informed that the laptop is with the family.
The family of the deceased had written to Nain asking to investigate the matter thoroughly. Family members alleged that IOCL officials are trying to cover up evidences.
“IOCL officials say he drowned and died. But rope marks have been found around his neck. Moreover his body was found in a chemical pond. No one usually ventures there,” said Bina Tiru, Anupam’s mother, professor Ranchi Women’s College. She was the only one from the family to visit the spot.
Jharkhand government has urged the Haryana government to probe the incident seeking justice for the bereaved family. “We have sought a report from the Haryana government,” deputy chief minister Sudesh Mahato said.
Deaths of Jharkhand youngsters outside the state:
April 4: Pratyush Kumar (24) son of a former principal of Netarhat Public School was found dead in his apartment in Chacago, USA. The news of his death reached his home country only after 34 days. Kumar was a former student of St Xavier’s Ranchi.
May 23: Amandeep Singh and E Govind Rao both 19-year-old students of Guru Nanak Higher Secondary School Ranchi were found dead on the railway tracks of Mumbai. Both were missing for 10 days.
Whistle-blowers who were brutally killed
January 27, 2011: The aide of an additional district collector, Yeshwant Sonawane, was burnt alive in Maharashtra’s Nasik district after he discovered adulteration in oil by the local mafia.
November 18, 2006: Manjunath Shanmugam (27) an Indian Oil Corp. Ltd (IOCL) employee, who was killed in the line of duty by oil mafia at Lakhimpur Kheri district in Uttar Pradesh. He exposed their malpractices.