About 220km from Delhi, a family in Etah district of Uttar Pradesh was about to retire for the day. Only while watching the usual daily late night news wrap on a Hindi news channel, did they realise that the tragic news unfolding on television was about their 24-year-old son who was working as a security guard in Delhi.
On August 1, Vishram Singh, a security guard at Muthoot finance, succumbed to the pressure of long work hours and meagre salary and in sheer frustration opened fire indiscriminately from his service gun inside the south Delhi office, killing two employees on the spot. He then shot himself.
"At 11:30pm, we saw this news on TV. Not even in our wildest dreams had we imagined that this will happen. For half-an-hour, we didn't believe it and restlessly called on his cell phone. After not getting any reply, I took a late night bus to Delhi," said Sukhram Singh, who undertook an eight-hour long bus journey to get his brother's body.
According to him, Vishram never lost his cool even in the toughest of situations. "We come from a family of farmers. I work in fields with my father. He used to send us money every month. Last month, when he visited us he said he won't be able to give any money as he hadn't received his salary," added Sukhram.
Singh, who had been living in the Sangam Vihar area of south Delhi since four years, had mortgaged his ancestral land in the village to buy a semi-automatic rifle so that he could get a better salary. "He did his best to help the family financially. During our last telephonic conversation, he sounded quite fine. We are still wondering why he did this," said an inconsolable Pramod Singh, Vishram's elder brother, who lives in Hissar.