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Five days before wedding anniversary,Pizza Hut delivery man was run over

Five days before his first wedding anniversary,25-year-old Sukhwinder Singh was rushing to the GK-I Pizza Hut outlet after what he hoped was the last delivery of the day.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: March 22, 2012 4:23 am

Five days before his first wedding anniversary,25-year-old Sukhwinder Singh was rushing to the GK-I Pizza Hut outlet after what he hoped was the last delivery of the day.

His mother spoke to him over the phone around 10 pm on November 17. Fifteen minutes later,Singh was run over by a Chevrolet car in the GK market.

“He said he would come home in an hour,and that I should cook his favourite parathas for dinner,” said Rama Devi,as she held on to her son’s photo.

The family had a surprise for Singh. His wife,who had been at her parents’ home in Etawah,had returned home that day.

For the 21-year-old widow,time has stood still since 10.40 pm on November 17,2011.

“We got a call from one of his colleagues. They said he had been hit by a car,and they were rushing him to hospital,” said Anshu,Singh’s wife.

The family said they had to send a legal notice to Pizza Hut,before they were handed a compensation of Rs 2 lakh in January.

Pizza Hut,in response to query on the compensation,said: “All our riders are comprehensively insured under a group insurance scheme for accident and mediclaim.”

Singh’s ailing father has now started working again to support his family.

“My son earned Rs 7,500,so his younger brother could study. Now,we are contemplating taking him out of college,so he could take up a job,” said Rama Devi.

She said Singh’s work schedules used to trouble her. “I was constantly worried about him,he was driving continuously for 11-12 hour shifts. My son said they might deduct the pizza cost from his salary,if he delivered late more than three times,so he was always in a rush,” Rama Devi said.

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