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Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019

‘She killed our whole family’

For 46-year-old Raj Kumar’s family of 13, the lingering pain gets worse - one day at a time. Jatin Anand reports.

india Updated: Jun 10, 2010 23:54 IST
Jatin Anand
Jatin Anand

For 46-year-old Raj Kumar’s family of 13, the lingering pain gets worse - one day at a time.

More than two weeks after the auto rickshaw driver was run over by an allegedly drunken Nivedita Singh (31), an Indian Army officer’s wife, the women of his family still break down at the mention of the fateful night.

“She didn’t just kill my husband, she killed our whole family. She killed his dying parents’ only hope and the ambition
of my school-going daughters, all in one stroke,” said an enraged Vinita Kumari (40), Raj Kumar’s widow.

On the night of May 23, Singh — who police said was under the influence of five times the permissible blood alcohol limit — had rammed her Honda City car into Raj Kumar's auto, while returning to her Arjan Vihar residence from Dhaula Kuan. The incident resulted in two persons dead and two more grievously injured.

Nivedita Singh, like most others accused of drunk and negligent driving, was out on bail less than a day after the accident. “She had returned to her family even before we could cremate my son,” said Guzari Lal (77), Rajkumar’s father.

“I’ve been trying my best to feed 13 mouths with the Rs 2000 to 3000 that I manage to make per month,” said Ombir (40), Raj Kumar’s younger brother who is paralysed from the waist below.

Raj Kumar had been working overtime for weeks to ensure that he paid his creditors on time.

“He had taken me to a private hospital to get my eyes corrected instead of going for an eye camp at a government hospital,” recalled a shattered Draupadi (77), his mother.

“Whenever it was about money — he used to tell us not to get bothered. He would say that he would take care of everything as long as he was alive,” she adds.

First Published: Jun 10, 2010 23:47 IST

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