“Every passerby who saw my son dying but didn’t show the basic human courtesy of informing the police or taking him to hospital is responsible for his death,” said Dr. Dilawar Singh Jaiswal (75).
His son, Major (retd.) Alok Singh (43) was allegedly mowed down to death in the wee hours of Wednesday, minutes after he had left his Safdurjung Enclave residence for a walk in the adjacent Deer Park.
Nineteen years ago, the same man had been awarded a Vir Chakra for exhibiting extraordinary bravery in LTTE-infested Sri Lanka as part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF).
“He was always the best in whatever work he did,” said Dr. Jaiswal, pointing to a dusty picture of his son receiving the gallantry medal.
“Shortly after opting for voluntary retirement, he joined a major pharmaceuticals manufacturer and rose to become its general manager in just four years’ time,” said Dr. Jaiswal.
“As director, administration at KPMG, he used to look after work across the country from his office. He was a hard worker. Not many could do things which he had done or could have done,” he added, unable to hold back tears.
Dr. Jaiswal was at his native village in the Pilibhit district of UP when he heard the news.
“He was very particular about routine – we knew something had gone terribly wrong when he didn’t stick to it.”
Major Singh had left his ground floor residence around 6 am for morning walk.
Three hours later, his family was informed told that an unidentified vehicle had apparently run him over and fled – metres away from the AIIMS trauma centre.