Panel To Probe Gostha Pal’s ‘Misplaced’ Padma Shri

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Kolkata: Ace football club Mohun Bagan on Monday formed a six-member committee to look into the matter of legendary Indian footballer Gostha Pal’s son alleging that the club has “misplaced” his father’s Padma Shri and several other awards.

“We have formed a six-member committee and it will look into the matter. We were elected only in October last year. We need to have more knowledge about these matters. It is not only his (Gostha Pal’s) awards, but we need to look into other issues as well,” club’s Finance Secretary Debashish Dutta told.

In the statement later sent by the club, it stated that club treasurer Satyajit Chatterjee, ground secretary Uttam Saha, football secretary Swapan Banerjee, hockey secretary Mahesh Kumar Tekriwal and executive committee members Sidhartha Roy and Manju Ghosh will be part of the committee.

“We wish to inform that the Executive Committee has received several complaints in regards to loss or damage of souvenirs/distinctive commendation received by ex-Indian international football players of Mohun Bagan of which were handed to the previous Executive Committee for safe keep in Club,” the statement said.

“Several souvenirs were returned to their rightful owners, but they complained that many other important souvenirs are missing. The Executive Committee on the basis of the complaints received has concluded to form a six-member committee to investigate and to find the whereabouts of these prestigious materials,” it added.

Nirangshu, the 78-year-old son of Gostha Pal, has claimed that Mohun Bagan misplaced as many as eight awards of his father, including the prestigious Padma Shri.

“We visited the club as a mark of protest. This happened due to their negligence. They had called us one day to collect the awards, but they were given to us in a bag full of rats, cockroaches and what not,” Nirangshu told.

Marking the 43rd death anniversary of his father, Nirangshu said that he has even returned the Mohun Bagan Ratna, awarded posthumously to Gostha Paul in 2004.

Gostha Pal, a revered right back, has seven sons and three daughters. He served Mohun Bagan continuously for 22 years.

His statue was set up in front of the Eden Gardens in 1984 and the street, on which Mohun Bagan is also located, was named after him. Gostha Pal became the fourth player to receive the Mohun Bagan Ratna in 2004.