Featured Image: Amitava and Mona during their marriage in March (left), and Mona wailing at the coffin of Amitava at Darjeeling on Friday.
By A Newsman
Barasat, 13 October: AMITAVA Malik, the sub-inspector (SI) of police who was shot dead by Bimal Gurung gang in Darjeeling early today morning, had joined the West Bengal Police in 2015.
Prior to this, meritorious Amitava had completed a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Burdwan University. But he later gave up the engineering dream and cracked the State Public Service Commission exam for SI post in the state police.
His family at Madhyamgram in North 24-Parganas were sceptical about him taking up the police job because of the risk involved, but Amitava brushed aside all fears of his parents, young brother, and his girlfriend.
After having undergone rigorous training at Barrackpore Police Training College, Darjeeling was Amitava’s first posting. He was placed as an SI at the Darjeeling Sadar police station and the hill town had not yet plunged into the unrest that is on for the past four months.
Having settled in the job, Amitava married his long-time girlfriend Mona Datta exactly seven months ago on 12 March. Mona is a graduate from Calcutta University. Amitava took his newlywed wife, in her early 20’s, to the police quarters located near Darjeeling Sadar police station.
As unrest escalated in Darjeeling since June, Amitava got busy, but that did not stop Mona from living her dream family brick by brick. She made quick friends with other families on the police quarters premises.
She became so close to the child of a Nepali SI that she called her “mero nani” (my daughter) and posted multiple photographs with the child on Facebook. Occasionally, Mona, also reminded her ever busy husband that “chocolate, sex, and laughter are key to a healthy brain” by tagging him on Facebook posts.
It was on 27 September that Amitava had last updated his photo on Facebook with a click by Mona shot against the backdrop of Mt Kanchenjunga.
Because of the unrest in the Hills, Amitava did not get leave to visit home this Durga Puja. But the couple, still in their pink cloud phase, compensated this by hopping from pandal to pandal in Siliguri. Their Facebook timelines are replete with bright pictures of a dazzling happy couple.
Amitava had promised his parents that he and Mona will come home this on Deepavali scheduled later this month. But such is life that his mortal remains will be arriving at his residence at Sarat Pally at Madhyamgram tomorrow, much ahead of Deepavali!
As his body was wrapped up in a coffin at the Darjeeling Police Line, all that his young widow Mona could do is wonder and repeatedly shout out wailing “how could you leave me alone?” Amitava did not answer!