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His honesty proved his biggest enemy, says Bank of Baroda whistle blower’s father

Preliminary probe suggests that Bank of Baroda branch manager Alok Chadra could have been targeted because he recently exposed a man, who ran an illegal customer service point (CSP) and allegedly duped 37 customers of their cash.

patna Updated: May 25, 2018 14:55 IST
Anil Kumar Ojha
Anil Kumar Ojha
Hindustan Times, Gaya
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A Bank of Baroda branch manager was shot dead on May 21 by unidentified men near Nehalpur village in Bihar.(Reuters)

Three-year-old Aarav says he will shoot the murderers of his father with his toy gun as scores of people throng the murdered Bank of Baroda (BoB) branch manager’s house in Nawada district of Bihar.

“Mere papa ko gundon ne mar diya. Mumma, dada jee, dadi aur chachu sabhi ro rahe hain. Main gundon ko mar dunga (Criminals have killed my father. Mummy, grandpa, grandma and uncle, everyone is crying. I will kill those criminals),” the boy says as he waives his toy gun inside his house in Kutari village.

Alok Chandra, who joined BoB’s Arwal branch last year, was shot dead on Monday by unidentified men near Nehalpur village. He was on his way to the office from Jehanabad on a motorcycle when the men intercepted him near Nehalpur diversion and pumped three bullets into him. He died on the spot.

The 31-year-old officer lived in a rented house in Jehanabad, some 25km from his bank branch.

A preliminary probe by police suggests that Alok could have been targeted because he recently exposed a man called Deepak Sharma, who ran an illegal customer service point (CSP) and allegedly duped 37 customers of their cash with the help of his associates. Alok lodged a police complaint and also deposed against them.

Alok’s father Chandrabhushan Sharma urged Union minister Giriraj Singh to ensure that his son’s killers are arrested as soon as possible when he came to meet the bereaved family a day after the murder.

“My son had no hostility with anyone and he loved and admired everyone in his office and at his village. His honesty turned out to be his only enemy as he wanted to bring transparency at his Arwal branch,” said the ageing father before bursting into tears.

His wife fainted after hearing her husband cry and the women from neighbouring houses ran to lift her to a cot and spray water on her face.

Known as a disciplinarian and an honest man, Chandrabhushan is a marginal farmer with a meagre two bighas of land. Despite financial constraints, he ensured a good education for his sons and did not hesitate to sell his land to realise his dreams of seeing them do well in life.

“The biggest curse in life for a man is to shoulder his son’s body. I have no lust to live longer now,” he rued.

Anjani Kumar Singh, a neighbour and member of the Nawada District Board, said everyone is in a mourning.

“Since the incident, the family has preferred not to switch on the lights and remained in the dark. They say Alok was the family’s light and torch bearer. With him gone, the artificial lights are hurting their eyes,” Singh said.

Singh and his mother have been taking care of the family and little Aarav. Alok’s mother, Neelam Devi, an auxiliary nurse midwife at the Warisaliganj government health centre hasn’t spoken a word and his widow, Nidhi Chandra, is in a shock.

Alok’s father-in-law Mahesh Sharma has taken charge of talking to the visitors and helping police in their investigation by replying to their queries.

“My son-in-law was too helpful and honest. He never thought of any wrong-doing in his life,” the reader with the Nawada’s superintendent of police rued, wondering why anyone would kill such a person.

Alok, his friend Rakesh Sharma said, came to the village last Saturday to participate in the last rituals of his neighbour and it proved to be his last visit.

“He was an icon for the youth of his village and always made it a point to remain in the village at least on Sundays to guide all those preparing for banking examinations,” Rakesh said.

First Published: May 25, 2018 14:55 IST