Having lost his parents at a young age, Gurvinder Singh (40) — the driver who rammed his Indica into Union Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde’s SX4, leading to his death — had shouldered the responsibility of his younger siblings, a sister and a brother. His brother Arvinder is now employed with a multinational company and the sister is married and settled in Faridabad. But the unmarried Gurvinder still drives a taxi for a living.
As is his daily routine, Gurvinder was to leave his rented flat in Sultanpur at 6 am on Tuesday to reach Hotel Imperial on Janpath — his reporting time was 7.15 am. But he was delayed. Gurvinder’s landlady, who refers to him as ‘Gullu’, says he left in a haste. “Arvinder was down with fever. Probably, he got delayed cooking a meal for him. Else, there was no chance that Gullu would break a rule,” she said.
The landlady, who rented the flat to the two brothers a year ago, said, “He supported his family after his parents’ demise. He is a good man and we never had any complaints with him. He takes his work seriously and is very punctual. Maybe, he got delayed and, hence, was driving in haste,” she said.
The landlady and her family had no clue that the driver who rammed Munde’s car was their tenant. “We saw the news about Munde’s death on TV. We were discussing how tragic it was and how people drive so rash. Then we heard that the driver who hit Munde’s car worked at Hotel Imperial,” she said.
The family started making calls to confirm if the diver was Gurvinder. “We called him but his phone was switched off. Then my son went upstairs to check if Arvinder knew about it, but he had already left. Then we called Hotel Imperial and found out that it was Gurvinder who has been arrested,” she said.
“Arvinder must have seen the news and left in a hurry. I wonder why he did not ask us for help. The brothers do not have any relatives in the city,” she said.