‘Spoke to my son half-an-hour before he was shot dead’

As the casket carrying the body of 27-year old Alok Gupta,who was shot dead in Canada reached his residence in Panchkula,his father recalled how he had spoken to his son just half-an-hour before he was killed.

Written by Majid Jahangir | Panchkula | Published:January 4, 2012 2:10 am

As the casket carrying the body of 27-year old Alok Gupta,who was shot dead in Canada reached his residence in Panchkula,his father recalled how he had spoken to his son just half-an-hour before he was killed. The two had talked about Alok’s plans of marriage and settling down.

Fate,however,seemed to have other plans. On December 25,Alok was shot dead. His body was brought to his residence in Sector 21. Relatives and friends thronged the house to get a final glimpse of Alok.

The Consulate General of Canada also attended the cremation that took place in the afternoon and assured the Gupta family that they will be kept posted about the investigations in the case.

“As there is no official word behind the reason for his murder,I suspect that my son may have been killed because of racial discrimination. It could be a case of mistaken identity and there could be other reasons also. I want the culprits to be brought to book as early as possible,” said Alok’s father Harivansh Gupta,a retired Chief Engineer.

He says,“I did talk to him half an hour over phone before he was shot. We talked about so many things. I asked him about his marriage plans and he was candid and told me that he wanted to settle down first,” Gupta lamented.

“No father will want to see a day like this. My son was a gentle fellow and he was shot dead. I want justice,” he said.

The family,relatives and neighbours had gathered in Sector 21 since morning. Alok,had moved to Canada in December 2010 and was pursuing his higher studies in finance banking at Kwantlen University.

The day Alok was shot dead,his mother and father were in Munich with their daughter who is settled there. The trio returned to India on December 30. The family alleged that the Canadian authorities did not inform them about the murder of Alok. “It was through Alok’s friends that we came to know about the incident,” said Alok’s uncle Anup Gupta.

Alok’s friends were in a state of shock. One of his inconsolable friends says that there was some foul play behind the murder.

The residents too expressed their anger over the way no official from the Union or state government came and apprised them about the incident.

“We want to know the reason behind his killing and whether was it a case of racial discrimination,” said Gupta’s neighbour Ramesh Kumar.

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