Son gets father killed to get job in railway on compassionate grounds

MUNGER: A son recently got his father killed in Munger district to get a job in the railways on compassionate ground.

Munger SP Naveen Chandra Jha on Thursday said a senior technician of Jamalpur railway workshop, Upendra Mandal, was killed on July 18 at the behest of his son, Sadanand Mandal, 25. Sadanand had hired a contract killer, Anil Kumar, a native of Garhi village under Nayaramnagar police station, and one of his accomplices to kill his father by paying them Rs 50,000. The SP said Sadanand paid Rs 10,000 as advance to Anil Kumar. This was disclosed by the assailant, Anil Kumar, when the police arrested him on Thursday morning and brought him over to the PS for interrogation. On the basis of clues given by Anil Kumar, Sadanand Mandal was arrested.

Confessing to his crime, Sadanand said he thought of the plot to get employment in the railways on compassionate ground after his father’s death, otherwise there was no way of getting a job. The SP said the cellphone and the motorcycle, taken away by the assailants after killing Upendra Mandal in the wee hours at a short distance from Patam village, had also been recovered.

A native of Haveli Kharagpur in Munger district, Mandal’s family members, chiefly agriculturists, lived at their native village. Upendra Mandal himself lived at Patam village under Nayaramnagar PS area in a rented house with his two sons and a daughter. Sadanand, a matriculate, was the oldest of his children. Mandal was a senior technician in the brass finishing shop at the Jamalpur railway workshop and would have retired after three years, said an employee of the Jamalpur workshop, Ratnesh Mandal.

As per a standing circular issued by the department of personnel and training of the Union government, in case of natural death or accidental death of a government employee during his/her service period, the oldest ward of the deceased government servant will be considered for employment in a job suitable to his qualification on Class III or IV post. States also have to implement this provision.