Mamata Banerjee announces jobs for the kins of Ankit Keshri and Masadur Rahman
Kolkata, May 7 (IANS)
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday announced jobs for the brother of deceased Bengal cricketer Ankit Keshri and the widow of double leg amputee swimmer Masudur Rahman Baidya. "We have lost a young cricketer in Ankit Keshri and a famous swimmer in Masadur Rahman. We have decided that within a day or two, we will give a job to Masadur's wife and Ankit's brother," Banerjee said during a government programme in Namkhana in South 24 Parganas district.
"All the formalities are almost complete and we will hand over the jobs to them shortly," she said.
Keshri, 20, a former Bengal Under-19 captain, sustained injuries while fielding on April 17 during a Cricket Association of Bengal senior knockout match and passed away on April 20 after a massive heart attack. Keshri's father who runs a tea stall in the city had said they will urge the Chief Minister for a job to the cricketer's brother.
Masadur, who created a sensation by crossing the English Channel 18 years ago, died on April 26 in a city hospital after multiple organ failure.
Masadur had become the first male double amputee below the knee to cross the English Channel in 1997, a feat that got him worldwide attention and he virtually became a hero in this part of the world.
Later, he conquered the Strait of Gibraltar in 2001 and the Palk Strait in July 2010.