'Dead' men to tell tales of corruption

Undying spirit

Now, in a bid to make sure that they are not left behind in the people’s fight against corruption, as many as 300 members of the “Mritak Sangha” (association of the dead) have decided to join the battle in a unique way.

The “dead” members will  hold a condolence meeting for the corrupt, whom they consider as “living dead” and organise a “mudan” (tonsuring) ceremony on June 30.

They will also take out a “kankal” (skeleton) rally on that day. It was on June 30, 1994, that  the president of the organisation, Lal Bihari, was officially declared “alive” and his name was entered into the land records, after a legal fight that lasted 18 years.  Lal Bihari 's relatives got him declared officially “dead” after his father's death by bribing  revenue officials and got their names entered in the property documents. He was just nine then
“We have been the victims of corruption. The corrupt officials declared us dead and deleted our names from the land records after taking bribes. Corruption is a menace that must be fought and those who indulge in corruption must be given stern punishment,” Lal Bihari said.

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