Four-year-old Lalita's grandfather used to wake her up whenever he would return from night shift.
On Friday morning, a rude shock was awaiting her. Lalita was so attached to her 55-year-old grandfather, Lala Moham Khillar, that nobody in her family or in neighbourhood mustered the courage to tell her that her grandfather was crushed to death by a speeding DTC AC low-floor bus.
A sub-inspector with the CISF, Khillar was waiting on the pavement with his colleagues for the staff bus to return home near Nirman Bhawan when the speeding bus ran over him and his three colleagues.
"Lalita is still waiting for her grandfather's arrival. She doesn't know that we are going to our home town only for his last rites," Sulochana, the grief-stricken wife of Khillar told HT before boarding a flight to Odisha.
According to a relative, Khillar's only son Dipak had suffered severe injuries in a road accident last month which took place in Kendrapada district of Odisha. Dipak cannot walk and has been advised two-months bed rest by the doctors.
"Nothing can be more tragic for a son who not only lost his father but will also not be able to personally receive his body when it will arrive at the Bhubaneswar airport. Khillar used to tell us that after retirement he would return to his native village and spent the rest of his life with his family. He was very keen about returning home, but we never imagined that he will depart like this," said Sanjay Kumar Naik, Khillar's relative and his next door neighbour in Delhi's Mahipalpur.