The eldest of five siblings and the sole earning member of his family, Munne Singh — the security guard who was gunned down during a brazen multi-crore heist at south Delhi's Defence Colony on Friday — was waiting to go back home to his family this Diwali.
Having come to the capital three months ago, Singh, a resident of Badayun in UP, had finally succeeded in pacifying his son's demand for an expensive toy three hours before he was shot and later died on what happened to be his first job.
"He usually left home for work between 9 and 10 am, but was delayed on Friday because his son Mayank, 4, had called and asked him to bring an expensive toy when he came home this Diwali," said Dharamveer, Singh's uncle.
A cash replenishment agency vehicle carrying crores in cash was waylaid and high-jacked in a brazen hold-up perpetrated by seven to eight armed assailants at a busy south Delhi locality, a kilometre from the local police station, in broad daylight on Friday afternoon.
Singh, the security guard sitting next to the driver of the vehicle, was shot at as soon as the assailants backed-up their car to intercept it. He died later.
"He was so indispensable for his family that his mother and his wife Rani weren't told about his fate till they reached this afternoon,” said Dharamveer, his room-mate in Jasola.