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`Dead' man walking, `guarding' and also getting salary

Allauddin Sheikh, a security guard with the local civic body, reports to work regularly and draws salary every month. Nothing strange, except that the 52-year-old was declared "dead" by civic authorities last year.

mumbai Updated: Jun 28, 2010 22:15 IST

Allauddin Sheikh, a security guard with the local civic body, reports to work regularly and draws salary every month. Nothing strange, except that the 52-year-old was declared "dead" by civic authorities last year.

"In May this year I learnt through my colleague that I had been declared dead in BMC's records by one of our clerks on October 27, 2009. I have been reporting to work daily and also get my salary on time," Sheikh said.

Sheikh is making endless rounds of the civic body and meeting officials to ensure the error is rectified at the earliest.

"I'm thankful to God that at least my wife, who is suffering from high blood pressure, was not informed about it. But this is ridiculous. How they can declare me dead and on what basis?" he asked in a complaining voice.

Sheikh joined Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in 1981 and has six years left for retirement. He is currently posted at the G-south ward office.

The clerical error brought trouble for Sheikh, who had taken a Rs 1.25-lakh loan from Municipal Corporation Bank for his daughter's wedding in 2006.