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MST takes Manjunath mission forward

MANJUNATH, SALES officer with the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), fell victim to the bullets of the oil mafia in November last year, but his mission continues. Indian Institute of Management (IIM) alumni across the world came together to focus their anger into constructive action. They joined hands to establish Manjunath Shanmugam Trust (MST) in February.

india Updated: Jun 05, 2006 01:12 IST

MANJUNATH, SALES officer with the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), fell victim to the bullets of the oil mafia in November last year, but his mission continues.

Indian Institute of Management (IIM) alumni across the world came together to focus their anger into constructive action. They joined hands to establish Manjunath Shanmugam Trust (MST) in February.

MST is seeking quick resolution and justice in the case of the brutal murder of Manjunath. The hearing of the case is continuing in the district and session court at Lakhimpur Kheri. The hearing will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Talking to the Hindustan Times on Sunday, members of the Manjunath Shanmugam Trust said the immediate objective of the trust was to ensure justice in the murder case.

Long term objectives were: establish and maintain award for persons working to uphold the values of truth and honesty in face of danger, provide necessary support for similar cases on an ongoing basis, benchmark India to global standards of governance.

The trust is managed by three trustees including senior IIM alumnus, along with a group of volunteers from across India, US, UK and Singapore.

A group of IIM alumnus from the trust are in Lakhimpur Kheri to attend the trial in the case. The members said though Manju was dead but his spirit prevailed as strongly. They are working with his family to expedite the case. “We are confident that our trust in the legal system will stand vindicated,” they said.

Manjunath was posted at Lakhimpur and was keeping a check for fuel adulteration at an IOCL petrol pump owned by one Pawan Kumar alias Monu Mittal.

Ignoring threat and refusing bribe, Manju issued warning to the petrol
pump when he detected adulteration in the oil.

Monu hired killers to eliminate the brave officer. The killing evoked an intense reaction among the people. President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam also expressed shock over the killing.