Radha Yadav was taking a stroll along the cramped bylanes of her slum after dinner — the usual going-on for this mother of three — till a commotion drew her to a gradually swelling and visibly animated crowd on Tuesday evening.
'Something's wrong', she remembered feeling as she inched closer to the railway tracks behind her block, 'Isn't that the political meeting my husband has gone to being held there?' she'd asked herself.
"Suddenly, I saw a glimpse of some policemen carrying someone on a stretcher. When I asked around for my husband, someone told me it is him on the stretcher and that he was dead," said Radha, incredulous and dejected at missing the last chance to bid a fitting farewell to the man she'd been married for 10 years.
The seemingly reasonable political aspirations of her husband, Jai Prakash Yadav, a painting contractor by profession and a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket aspirant for a decade, had been forever silenced by his own colleague after a violent scuffle just minutes ago.
Jai Prakash's eldest son, Praveen, was busy at the small general store he operates near the family's B block residence when he got the news.
"My father had given everything to the party: His time, energy, everything. And this is what he got. His sole mistake was to attempt and expose the current councillor by asking the residents not to sell their votes to him," Praveen said.
According to the police, an exasperated Jai Prakash —denied a ticket yet again despite the 'good work' the area's residents attributed to him — decided to confront Madhav Prasad after getting wind that he was 'distributing money to the slum dwellers'.
Meanwhile, Radha might as well get her wish: the police have postponed her husband's post mortem examination till after she 'sees him' on Thursday.