At 3 am on Wednesday, Anand Khatri said goodbye to his father Balwaan Singh at their residence in Najafgarh.
“The last time we spoke, it was early in the morning, when he said he was going on duty,” said Singh. While his team was able to arrest a suspect they were pursuing, Khatri died in an accident at the site.
Khatri was dedicated to his job, said his father. He joined the force in 2007 and was inducted into the Delhi Special Cell three months ago.
Asked if he was happy about that, Singh said, “A job is a job. What was there to be happy about it?” He said though he had lost his son, he was proud that Khatri had worked in the police force. Singh had also worked with the Delhi Police as an assistant sub-inspector and had retired in 2014.
While waiting outside the mortuary for his son’s body after the post-mortem, Singh maintained his composure and spoke to other family members about transporting the body to Najafgarh where the last rites would be conducted.
Singh said he was more worried about Khatri’s children, who were very young. Khatri got married in 2008 and has two children; a five-year-old son and a three-and-a- half-year-old daughter.
Khatri’s friends remembered him as a daring man, but were saddened by the manner of his death. One of Khatri’s senior colleagues broke down while speaking about him and said, “A life was wasted today.”