That incident changed their lives forever. A tragedy which struck the Sector 22-based businessman family pushed them into darkness and despair. While the family was still recovering from the setback of their father’s death, the murder of Kailash Chand on the intervening night of July 26, 2012, shattered the family completely.
Kailash Chand’s wife Rama Garg has not missed a single hearing in the last four years. Leaving her five-year-old child at home, she used to be present at each and every hearing.
Now the moment she has been waiting for has come, as two accused were convicted in the case on April 16 and the quantum of sentence will be pronounced on April 19.
Sitting in the tiny department store called “Raj Provisional Store” in Sector 22, Madan Lal, the brother of the deceased, said, “I vividly remember that night when two men came. They snatched my brother’s chain. I was at the counter which was at the other end at that time. I tried to save my brother but they shot him and fled.”
Recollecting that unfortunate incident with closed eyes, Madan Lal said in a trembling voice, “Two months before the incident, our father had passed away. We were yet to recover from that tragedy and then this happened. We were five brothers; two died of heart attack and Kailash Bhai was murdered by these criminals. That night affected all of us. My servant Tilak who was present at the time of the incident had suffered injuries. All fingers of his right feet had to be chopped, otherwise the infection would have spread.”
Rama, who was also present at the shop, is managing with her three kids who were very small at the time of the incident. Tears roll down her cheeks as she speaks about her husband. “The loss is for life. My husband cannot return but his soul will rest in peace once the murderers are sentenced to the harshest punishment possible. I want them to remain behind bars throughout their lifetime. My youngest child was five years old when my husband passed away. He used to sleep with him only and my eldest daughter was in Class X,” she said. “I didn’t tell my children that their father was no more that night. I just could not. My daughter kept asking me when we were in PGI why I was crying. I told her that their father was inside and his surgery was going on. The subsequent day I could not read the newspapers.”
Wiping her tears, Rama said, “I had to live for my children. They are my life. If I could move on in my life, it is because of them. My younger child has never cribbed about my absence when I used to be in courts. I want the culprits to go behind bars.”
The eldest daughter of Rama who is currently pursuing engineering from Punjab Engineering College told her mother that she would work very hard in her life as she wanted to make her father proud.