An eerie silence engulfed the A block of Kitchloo Nagar on Thursday morning as the news of DSP Balraj Singh Gills death spread. Residents,well wishers,relatives and friends began to throng house number 35 A where the deceased officer lived with his aging parents,wife and son.
Some residents of the area stood at the gate outside the block asking people to park their cars outside the area. Their request was,There has been a death in our area so please do not create a rush here. It was like the entire area was grieving.
The name plate outside this house bears the name of K S Gill (Retired) Commandant BSF,father of DSP Gill.
A police picket in the adjoining vacant plot is probably the only indicator that a serving senior PPS officer lived in this house. The neighbours and residents of the area can not believe that the officer whom they called Raja is no more.
Students of Government School Kundanpuri cut classes,to be with our teacher. Gills wife Harinder Kaur teaches English at this school. Her students Rajveer,Sachin and Umesh said,Our school principal announced the news in the school assembly. We then sought permission from her to come and meet our teacher. Even the girls wanted to come but we told them take permission from their families first.
Madam is a great teacher. Her lessons go beyond the subject and course and that is why all of us feel so much for her. Other teachers from our school are also coming here. We all want to be by her side in this hour of tragedy and grief, said one of the students.
Likewise the neighbours too cannot believe the news,I knew Raja since his college days. He was not even in the police at the time. The entire family is so nice that we have never faced inconvenience of any kind. Raja was so helpful and never behaved like a senior police officer and was so friendly. We can not believe that he has been killed and that too so brutally, said a neighbour.