Japan’s Yasutaro Koide was the world’s oldest man till he died in January at the age of 112.
The man to claim the record after Koide is from India, and is none other than Colonel Nizamuddin, the former driver of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
Nizamuddin recently opened a bank account with the State Bank of India at the age of 116.
115 year old Colonel Nizamuddin finally gets a Jan Dhan bank account, like over 21 crore Indians! pic.twitter.com/Xgu56UH68N— Jayant Sinha (@jayantsinha) April 7, 2016
According to his voter identity card and passport which he produced before the bank as proof, he was born in 1900. He thus is the oldest human being alive on the planet right now at an age of 116 years 3 months and 14 days as on Sunday, reports ANI News.
Interestingly, he opened a joint account along with his wife, Ajbunisha, who is herself 107 years old.
As the news spread about Colonel Nizamuddin being the oldest man alive, the locals of the area expressed their delight.
Born in Dhakwa village of Mubarkpur area, Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Colonel Nizamuddin received freedom fighter status only in 2013 on the occasion of Netaji’s Jayanti. In May 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi felicitated him by touching his feet and seeking his blessings.