A Blueline bus brushes past a car and cracks its rearview mirror.
It is a common enough occurrence on our roads, but on Tuesday it resulted in a man losing his life. Two little girls lost their father, and a family lost its sole breadwinner. All for a cracked mirror.
Around 4.30 pm on Tuesday, Mukesh Kumar (35), a Blueline driver on route 926 (Tigri to Old Delhi) had reached the Multan Nagar area in West Delhi when his bus nicked the car of Chandni Chowk trader Navin Kalra.
“He followed us and stopped our bus near Madipur. Coming out of the car, he abused and slapped us. Although we were ready to pay for his car’s broken mirror, he threatened to get us bashed up by bouncers,” said Mahavir Singh, the bus conductor.
Within a few minutes, says Mahavir, a dozen men reached the spot in several cars to beat him, Mukesh, and their helper.
Mukesh, who was badly hurt, was taken to Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital (SGMH), from where he was discharged after first aid. Ten minutes later, he collapsed, and was dead by the time he was removed to Maharaja Agrasen Hospital.
His family alleges Kumar was not given proper treatment at SGMH.
“Although my brother complained of severe chest pain, the doctors said there was nothing wrong with him. They did not treat him well and because of this he lost his life,” said Naresh Kumar, Mukesh’s brother.
By the time the police came to Mukesh’s rescue, all his assailants, apart from Kalra, had fled the scene.
Kalra and his driver Triloki were later arrested and booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
Mukesh’s body was taken to SGMH for post mortem examination.
The news of Mukesh’s death has devastated his family. His wife Sunita was unable to come to terms with the tragedy.
“How can someone kill a person for just breaking a mirror? Why did they kill him when he was ready to pay for the damage? They snatched away the father of my two daughters. I do not know how we will survive, as he was the sole breadwinner of the house,” she said.
Mukesh is also survived by two little daughters, Anu (3) and Nandini (1), whom he hoped to send to good schools.
A careful driver, according to his co-workers, he was eager to get a DTC job, so as to rid himself of the stigma of driving one of the ‘killer’ Bluelines.
Angry relatives and residents of Mukesh’s Mundka village blocked the Rohtak Road for an hour on Wednesday to protest his death. They also demanded his post-mortem examination be done again at another hospital, and alleged the authorities at SGMH had been bought by the accused.