On August 25 last year, Delhi Police shot dead the notorious gangster Bunty, bringing to an end a five-month-long reign of terror.
In all, Om Prakash alias Bunty and his ‘biker gang’ were wanted in connection with 41 cases of murder and attempted murder.
Nineteen of these cases were recorded in a matter of just 20 days — from June 28 to July 17 last year.
While three of the policemen who were part of the raiding team that eliminated Bunty received the President’s Police Medal for gallantry on August 15 this year, the families of the gang’s victims have no consolation whatsoever.
After her brother Ashneet Singh fell to the bullets of Bunty, Mani Kaur (21) had to start giving tuitions at home to tide over the financial crisis her family faced.
Ashneet (23), a Vodafone employee, was the breadwinner of this family of six — his parents and three siblings.
“Ashneet started working after Class XII to support the family. My husband is suffering from hernia, he keeps unwell most of the time. We had so many hopes for Ashneet. He had applied for a new job and was expecting a good raise. Not a day passes when I don’t cry for my son,” said Sukhbir Kaur, Ashneet’s mother.
Her son was sipping a cold drink with his friend Harjeeet Singh (25), when both were shot dead by Bunty and his gang in the Amar Colony area of south Delhi on July 11 last year.
Police claimed the two friends were killed as the gangster wanted to snatch Ashneet’s motorcycle.
“Although it has been a year since my son was killed, I still don’t know the reason for his murder. I refuse to buy the police theory that they killed him for his bike. There were scores of other people present at the shop. Why only him?” said Kaur.
Two houses away, Kulwant Kaur, grandmother of Harjeet Singh, has the same story to share. “Harjeet’s father is so scared after the incident that now he even takes his daughter and wife to our family shop in Govindpuri.”
“He does not leave them alone,” said Kulwant Kaur.
Half an hour after killing the two friends — the gang went on to kill Sanjeev Suri (38) near Andrews Ganj flyover, when he was on his way home.
Suri’s wife Sunita teaches at a school, and earns a measly income of Rs 10,000. With the little money she gets, the English teacher has to bring up her two children and care for her aged in-laws.
“I never bothered about the family till my husband was alive. Now, when he is not there, I have to be careful with every penny I spend,” said Sunita Suri.
Sanjeev Suri was employed as a supervisor with Intercontinental Hotel, Nehru Place and died when he interposed to save a motorcyclist from Bunty and his gang.