IIML students take honesty pledge to mark Manjunath death anniversary

Special Correspondent

Manjunath was a student of IIML in 2002-04

He was killed after detecting irregularities in a petrol pump

LUCKNOW: The students of Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIML) on Wednesday took a pledge to uphold the values of honesty and integrity in their daily lives, which were so dear to Manjunath Shanmugham, the Indian Oil Corporation executive who was killed on duty on November 19, 2005.

Thursday’s function, organised by the Manjunath Shanmugham Trust, marked the third death anniversary of Manjunath. He was enrolled in IIML in 2002-2004 and, after passing out, joined the IOC as Area Sales Officer. Manjunath was killed by accomplices of a petrol pump owner in Gola Gokaranath in Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh on November 19, 2005.

Before the oath-taking ceremony, a candle-light march was taken out by the students. The candles were placed before a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi. After a short speech by the chairperson of the Post Graduate Programme, Manoj Anand, the students took the pledge.

The annual programme around 15 campuses in the country is organised so that students can embrace and stir national consciousness and make their voice heard about the prevalent widespread corruption, said a press release issued by the trust.

The cold-blooded murder of the IIML alumnus – he was dumped off after he detected large-scale irregularities in the sale of petrol and diesel at the petrol pump – caused nationwide uproar.

The murder accused were awarded life term by the Lakhimpur Kheri District and Sessions Court in March 2007.

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