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‘He never spoke of earning lot of money’: Father of Delhi kidnapper killed in shootout

The news of the incident left Ravi Lal’s family puzzled as they described him as someone who had modest aspirations and did not run after money.

delhi Updated: Feb 08, 2018 13:11 IST
Shubhomoy Sikdar
Shubhomoy Sikdar
Hindustan Times
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Ravi Lal’s parents Shyam Lal and Sudama Devi.(Shubhomoy Sikdar / HT Photo)

On the day he was killed in a police encounter, Ravi Lal, 24, was to appear for his Class 10 exam from open school. Ravi, who was one of the three alleged kidnappers of five-year-old Vihaan Gupta, was killed in an exchange of fire after the police swooped down on their Ghaziabad hideout.

The news of the incident, left Ravi’s family puzzled as they described him as someone who had modest aspirations and did not run after money. “He was average in studies and had a stop-start academics mostly because I insisted that he should not give up studies altogether. On my insistence, he got enrolled in open learning from UP board and his first paper was scheduled on Tuesday for which he had to travel to Rae Bareli, where the centre was,” said Ravi’s father Shyam Lal, who works as a waiter with a private caterer.

Shyam Lal said that Ravi had left home on Sunday after which his phone was switched off. Shyam Lal was under the impression that he had gone to Rae Bareli. However, late in the night when he was catering at a Karkardooma farmhouse, Lal received a call from the police saying his son had met an accident and had to be rushed to GTB hospital.

“When I reached there, I got to know what had happened. I am surprised because I never got a whiff of it. Every day since the kidnapping was reported, my son used to come home and there was nothing unusual about his behaviour. I also find it hard to believe because he never spoke about making a lot of money and led a simple life. He did not have a bike and till recently, he did not even have a smartphone, something most youngsters his age have,” said Lal while waiting at the GTB hospital mortuary.

Lal said Ravi would join him as a waiter whenever there was a function or sell fruits and the money the father son-duo made was enough to meet the family’s needs. He has another son and wife Sudama Devi.

Lal said he knew the two co-accused, but it was Pankaj who visited more frequently while Nitin Sharma was a casual acquaintance. At the hospital, Lal was accompanied by his wife Sudama Devi and nephew Lakhsman Pal.

Meanwhile, Nitin Sharma’s house in Gokalpuri was found locked on Tuesday. His neighbours said that he had differences with his wife and his elder brother Naveen, with whom he ran an eatery nearby.

The eatery Sharma Vaishno Dhaba was open on Tuesday but Naveen was not around. Their uncle Ramavtar Sharma who runs another eatery from an adjoining shop said he was surprised to know about his nephew’s involvement in the kidnapping.

First Published: Feb 07, 2018 13:03 IST