“For the last nine years, I have been hearing that he (Sanjeev Nanda) will be punished. I don’t believe at all that he will be punished. He is a rich man.”
Tears almost dry but pain writ large on her face, Phula Devi was crying her heart out as her younger son Naveen, a Class XI student, sat next to her with an expressionless face.
Life changed upside down for Phula Devi in January 1999 when her husband Peru Lal became one of the victims in the BMW case. On Tuesday, when the verdict pronouncing Sanjeev guilty came, the mother of three young children, said, “I am neither happy nor sad. I have left things to God.”
The three children now go to government school but there was a point when their education was stopped. “Lot of promises were made, but nobody came to ask us with anything, nobody offered any compensation in all these years. There was nothing I could do, so I had stopped sending them to school. My daughter lost a year in that,” Phula Devi said. Phula Devi’s sister-in-law Anok was all praise for her bhabhi, who ekes out a living by selling vegetables at nearby Siddharth Market. “She goes early in the morning, buys vegetables from the mandi and comes back to sell it at the market here, all alone,” Anok said.
“The elder son Pavan sells newspapers to support the family, “family’s neighbour Amar Chand added.
Even as media persons hounded the family since morning, elder son Pavan and daughter Punam, both class XII students, went off to school to write exam. The family lives in a two-room set in a by-lane in the congested Madangiri neighbourhood. The house, though very small, was kept neat and clean with every single thing, from daily use utensils to glass crockery to clothes, at its designated place kept tidily.