It was just another evening in East Delhi’s Krishna Nagar area. Suman, a 12-year-old resident of the colony, had stepped out on the terrace of her one-room house, which she shares with three family members.
Within minutes, the quiet of the evening was shattered by the sounds of raucous revelry from a local office where, claims Suman’s family members, a group of young men were getting drunk.
Soon, their revelry spilled out onto the streets, where they allegedly started brandishing their weapons.
“When the residents objected, they started firing indiscriminately at them,” says Ramesh Kumar, Suman’s uncle.
Five people were injured in the firing; Suman was one of them. The bullet pierced her abdomen and wounded her so seriously that one month after the incident, she is still fighting for her life.
Doctors have already removed one of her kidneys, but the remnant of the bullet has infected the other one as well, say her family members. Suman had to spend 20 days in the hospital, from where she was discharged after undergoing multiple surgeries.
Her family say they have run out of money to treat her.
Suman’s family has now written to Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi, seeking punishment for the men responsible for her condition.
Suman’s mother Sangeeta believes that her daughter will not only survive the ordeal, but she will fulfill all her dreams as well. She also believes that the culprits will get the punishment they deserve.
“I don’t know who shot at my daughter, but they will be punished. My daughter will live and she will get everything she wants,” she says. Sangeeta also has two sons, both younger than Suman. She lost her husband in a road accident in 2006.
Though local politicians visited Suman, they didn’t help in any way, claim her family members. “AAP MLA S K Bagga said he would provide financial help. BJP councillor Kalpana Jain also visited us, but no one actually extended any kind of help,” says one of Suman’s relatives.
Gopal, one of the other injured victims, says in the FIR that the incident took place after the suspects got embroiled in an argument with the owner of a local hotel. They shot at the hotel owner and then started firing indiscriminately at other people, he says in the police complaint.
According to the police, three of the suspects have been arrested while the others are on the run.
“A special team has been deputed to nab them,” says Deputy Commissioner of Police, East, B S Gujjar.