‘My son a mar­tyr, won’t cry for him’

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION - @times­group.com Swati Desh­pande

Kolkata: When Ami­tava Ma­lik vis­ited his Mad­hyam­gram home this Au­gust, his fa­ther Soumen ad­vised him to con­sider chang­ing his job given the volatile sit­u­a­tion in Darjeeling.

“You should be proud that you are a po­lice of­fi­cer’s fa­ther. I will not leave the force,” Ami­tava replied. On Fri­day when Soumen heard of his death, these words played over and over in his mind. “My son is a mar­tyr and I’m proud of him. I will not cry,” he said.

Ami­tava, al­ways a top­per in school and col­lege, joined the po­lice in 2014 and was posted in Darjeeling in 2015. The elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer from Burdwan Univer­sity man­aged to crack sev­eral com­pet­i­tive ex­am­i­na­tions and could have opted for a ‘safe’ job in the bank­ing or in­sur­ance sec­tors, but opted to join the po­lice. Mum­bai: Bom­bay HC on Fri­day ap­pointed the wife of a per­son in coma as his guardian to en­able her to op­er­ate his bank ac­counts and handle his fi­nan­cial af­fairs to con­tinue fund­ing his care.

The two-judge bench pe­rused a re­port sub­mit­ted by a sub-di­vi­sional mag­is­trate who, vis­ited Leo Lobo at his Nerul home to ver­ify his health. The re­port con­firmed Lobo was in a co­matose state. With his health sta­tus ver­i­fied and Lobo’s two mar­ried daugh­ters also ten­der­ing af­fi­davits they had no ob­jec­tion to their mother han­dling the fi­nances, the bench de­clared Philom­ena Lobo’s guardian.

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