The death of three men in a road accident Friday has left their families, who moved to Delhi from Salem in Tamil Nadu 25 years ago, distraught as well as angry. V Swami (36), M Senthil (25) and P Suresh (26) fell off a bike and died while returning from a late night show of the Tamil movie Theri at Naraina.
All three were the primary breadwinners of their families. The families alleged police were not taking the case seriously. The bike was reported to have rammed a divider near Dhaula Kuan flyover. Police have failed to access CCTV footage and are probing if any other vehicle was involved in the accident.
Most members of the families are daily wage labourers and live in shanties in Moti Bagh-II. The families of the three victims tell The Indian Express about the hopes they had pinned on them and why they want a through investigation in the case.
P Suresh’s family
Suresh did his MBA by taking a loan, said his father Param Shiva (55). His family said he recently quit his job that paid him Rs 15,000 a month to prepare for a Railways exam. “He wanted to secure a government job, as we had planned to get him married,” said his mother Vasantha (46). Vasantha does household work and her husband does not work at present due to fluctuating sugar levels. They want a proper investigation so that they “are given a fair compensation”.
V Swami’s family
Swami worked as a tailor. “I lost my husband years ago… I don’t know how I will manage without my son. People from the government and police come here only to harass us or ask for votes, they never come to help. Now, they are not even investigating his death,” said his mother.
M Senthil’s family
Senthil’s father, M Murgan (58), is a daily wage labourer. “I am getting older and my wife earns what a domestic help makes,” he said. Senthil was a driver at a house, earning Rs 10,000 a month. His parents said they do not make as much as he did in a month.