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A mother tries to track down son’s killer

It has been more than three months since 65-year-old Rekha got a call from a woman informing that her son’s bike had been hit by a car and he has been admitted in a hospital.

Written by Ananya Bhardwaj | New Delhi |
February 13, 2012 3:15:57 am

It has been more than three months since 65-year-old Rekha got a call from a woman informing that her son’s bike had been hit by a car and he has been admitted in a hospital.

By the time Rekha and her family reached the hospital,27-year-old Rohit Kanojia was dead.

Police have not been able to make any headway in the case in the absence of eyewitnesses or identification of the vehicle.

Unable to bear the loss,Rekha now sets out everyday searching for an eyewitness — an unseen face,an unheard voice,which could lead her to her son’s killer.

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She leaves her Moti Bagh house at 10 am and goes around circulating pamphlets and enquiring. The pamphlet has a photograph of her son and a message: “An appeal to the masses: My son met with an accident in front of YES Bank in South Extension. His bike was hit by an unknown vehicle from the back and he died on the spot. If there is anyone who witnessed the accident,and could identify the car or person that hit the biker,kindly contact us.”

She begins her daily routine by talking to the tea stalls owners,the panwallahs and the shopkeepers.

Sitting in her house,she flips through her son’s wedding album. She recalls the night of November 11,2011,when Rohit had gone to buy medicines for his father.

“After we got the call (informing about the accident),we immediately rushed to the hospital,only to find him dead,” says Ram Kishan,Rohit’s father.

“His death is still a mystery. To get the culprits to book is the aim of my life now,” says Rekha.

Ram Kishen says they were told that a car,being driven by a woman,had hit Rohit’s bike from behind. Passersby had forced her to take him to a hospital.

Rekha also visits the police station every alternate day to check on the progress of the case.

Police say they are investigating the matter,but Rekha does not believe that. “They are not doing anything. They know which vehicle hit my son’s bike,they know the culprit too,but they are not telling us. That is why I have decided to myself track down a witness and gather proof to present before of the court,” she says.

“Everyday is a struggle. But I know I have to do this for my son. I leave the house with a hope to find a witness or at least a clue that would lead me to the culprit,” she says.

Rohit worked as an ambulance driver and was the only earning member in the family of six. He is survived by a wife,15-year-old daughter,five-year-old son and parents.

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