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Delhi lends petty crime a whole new meaning

In the past five years, 382 people have been killed over trivial issues in the city. Killed without provocation, they became victims because they were unfortunately present at a traffic intersection or in a cricket field.

delhi Updated: Jan 13, 2011 23:43 IST
Vijaita Singh
Vijaita Singh
Hindustan Times

Saurabh Pawar is just 16 years old but wants to finish school and start earning as soon as possible. His father, Jitendra Pawar, a property dealer, was attacked with baseball bats and flower pots by five motorcycle-borne men after an argument broke out between them at a traffic intersection in Lado Sarai three years ago. Pawar's car had grazed past the motorcycle of one of the accused.

The accused beat Pawar to death and left him to die, barely metres away from his home on July 16, 2007. The family has run into troubled times since.

With no one to look after them, the family of five — Saurabh's grandfather, mother, sister and grandmother — are living on savings than can run out anytime.

"My grandfather was taking care of us but he also retired last year. His pension has not started coming in yet. I want to finish Class XII and start working so that I can take care of my family," said Saurabh.

His mother Sarita tried for a job in an Anganwadi centre, but could not get through.

"He was returning from office. I can never forget that night," Sarita, Pawar's wife.

"He never fought with anyone. I doubt whether he would have picked up the fight with them first," said Risalo Devi, Pawar's grandmother.

Love for cricket led him to an untimely death

Mallica Joshi

New Delhi: An envelope containing a Rs 100 note is all Nirmala Devi has to show when asked about her son Praveen. "This is what’s left of his last salary," says the teary-eyed mother of the 18-year-old killed by a group of boys over a game of cricket.

According to the police, Praveen, who worked as a medical assistant in a clinic close to his house in Patel Nagar, died when he was beaten with a cricket bat and stumps by the boys because of an argument in September 2010.

The accused were angry as Praveen and his friends were playing in the ground that the accused considered their turf.

"My son was killed over nothing. He was a responsible boy and never kept bad company,” Nirmala says.

Praveen's absence has not only hurt the family emotionally but also financially as the Rs 6,000 he earned was the family's major income. Nirmala worked as a maid earlier but could not find the strength to go back after her son's death. Her husband works as a sanitation worker but has taken to alcohol since Praveen's death.

"Only my eldest son can provide us with a steady income. But he also has his wife and three children to look after. My younger son does not do anything," says Nirmala.

The police had arrested two of the accused in November last year, while a third died after he was crushed by a train. "I don't care if the accused are punished or not, I have lost my son and nothing can bring him back," Nirmala says, with resignation.

First Published: Jan 13, 2011 23:40 IST