It has been a year since Sanjeev Suri (39) fell to the bullets of notorious robber Bunty (32). And since then, it has been an everyday struggle battle for survival for his family.
“No one helped us. My husband had died a heroic death trying to save another person’s life ,” said Sunita Suri (37), his widow.
“I am not asking for any compensation but his efforts should have been recognised,” she said.
Sanjeev, a supervisor with a hotel in Nehru Place, was shot dead by Bunty and his gang when he tried to stop them from snatching someone’s motorcycle near Andrews Ganj in south Delhi on July 11 last year.
The gang had gone on a killing spree in south Delhi last year with five dead in two days.
Apart from his wife, Sanjeev left behind his parents and two children — son Sheetal (4) and daughter Ruchi (9).
Holding back her tears, Sunita said, “I do not know how would I be able to raise my children. My father-in-law tries hard to add to the family income but that’s not enough. His health is failing every day.”
A teacher, Sunita earns a meagre Rs 10,000 per month and is struggling to make her ends meet.
The only saving grace for the Suris is that they own their small house in Uttam Nagar in west Delhi, a middle-class locality.
Sunita’s mother-in-law Kamini Suri (61) has still not been able to overcome the shock of her son’s death.
“When my son was shot by the bikers, no one came forward to help. He was lying on the road for about half an hour. Finally a policeman put him in an autorickshaw and rushed him to a hospital. But he was dead by then,” Kamini said.
“The Andrews Ganj flyover is always bustling with activity. Had anyone rushed him to hospital a little early he could have been saved.”
Kamini said her grandson still thinks that her father has gone on some official assignment and would return home any day.
“I have written letters to the Prime Minister and also the President but nothing has come of it,” said Sunita.