Bathinda biker run over in Delhi wanted to film homeless, road deaths upset him
Onkar Singh, father of 21-year-old Gurpreet who succumbed to his injuries, said his son felt for people who come from outside Delhi. Singh said he is in the same position now as he is fighting a ‘powerful person’ who almost got away with the murder of his son.delhi Updated: Sep 21, 2017 12:42 IST
In the last one year that 21-year-old Gurpreet Singh had been pursuing a photography course, the plight of the homeless moved him the most. So, when it was time to make a documentary, he chose to highlight the problems of the outstation patients and their relatives who spend weeks in Delhi, without a roof over their heads.
“He would be troubled on reading about homeless people being run over by carelessly driven vehicles. A documentary on he homeless was his way to do something for them,” said Gurpreet’s classmate, Ankit.
Gurpreet Singh was hit by a car on Sunday near AIIMS Trauma Centre in south Delhi. The driver, a lawyer, was allegedly drunk and had been asked by Singh not to smoke in public. Singh sustained serious injuries and slipped into coma. He died three days later on Wednesday. The accused had now been booked for murder.
A native of Bathinda, Gurpreet came to Delhi with a dream to become a documentary filmmaker. “I told him to follow his dream. He had the talent and he was a kind boy who could not see people in pain. I knew he would contribute to the society,” said Gurpreet’s father, Onkar Singh.
Earlier this month, Gurpreet brought to Delhi his Bullet motorcycle from Bathinda. He wanted to be able to move freely for his project, his family said.
“He wanted to show the plight of outsiders in the city. Today, we are in the same position as we battle a powerful person who almost got away with murder,” Onkar Singh told Hindustan Times.
He and his wife had rushed to the city when they came to know that their son had slipped in a coma after allegedly being hit by a car, driven by a lawyer with whom he had entered into an argument over smoking in public.
On Tuesday, Onkar Singh had sent his wife away to her village. “I told her to pray for our son. I told her to do charity to pray for our son’s recovery. She had been visiting gurdwaras since Tuesday. I don’t have the heart to tell her that her prayers went unheard,” he said.
◼ Gurpreet Singh, 21, and his friend Maninder Singh have parathas at a roadside stall near AIIMS
◼ At the stall, they object to Rohit Krishna Mahanta, a lawyer, smoking in public. An argument ensues
◼ Mahanta allegedly abuses and threatens the duo. They decide to leave
◼ As they cross AIIMS trauma centre, Mahanta allegedly hits the Bullet motorcycle, which Gurpreet was driving with Maninder riding pillion, with his Ford Fiesta car
◼ Mahanta’s car also hits an auto and a cab before coming to a halt. He is beaten up by locals
◼ Gurpreet slips into a coma at the hospital, Maninder receives treatment for his injuries
◼ Mahanta’s check-up shows he is drunk, booked for rash driving and released on bail
◼ After remaining in a coma, Gurpreet succumbs to his injuries. Police books Mahanta for murder.10 AM ◼ Mahanta arrested for murder of Gurpreet from a hospital where he got himself admitted.
First Published: Sep 21, 2017 11:09 IST