Had Delhi police constable Subhash Chand Tomar's motorcycle not been repaired on Sunday morning, it is possible the he may have been alive today.
Aditya Tomar alias Sonu, the 18-year-old younger son of the now dead constable, said his father's motorcycle suffered a flat tyre on Sunday when he was about to leave for work.
Aditya told IANS: "I got the puncture set right. But as he prepared to leave again, the motorcycle got stalled for a
second time. I had it repaired once again."
After that, the 47-year-old father of three left their home in Meet Nagar in east Delhi for Karawal Nagar police station where he was posted only two months ago.
"Looking back, I realise that the problems with the motorcycle was some kind of an ominous sign," Aditya said.
"If only the motorcycle had not been repaired and my father had not gone to work, he may be alive today."
On Sunday afternoon, Tomar was brutally attacked on a road leading to India Gate as street protests against the gangrape of a young woman now in critical condition, turned violent.
Tomar was reportedly punched and kicked as he fell on the street. He lost consciousness and was rushed to a hospital where he died early Tuesday.
NP Rana, a neighbour of the Tomars, said the man was committed to Delhi Police.