Late Monday night,28-year-old Divya Pal Singh realised he hadnt bought a gift for his sister,who had come all the way from Jammu for Rakshabandhan. He quickly set off on his bike to the nearby market. But he never returned. Before he could even reach the market,he was crushed to death by a DTC bus.
Divya Pal had left his family home on Roshanara Road a little before 11 pm. His father a retired teacher accompanied him for some distance but got off the bike halfway when he realised he had left his wallet at home. A bus came up from behind and crushed him. By the time Divya Pals father reached the spot,his son was dead, said Govind Singh Rajput,his elder brother.
Divya Pals sister,Shalini Rajput (34),is a school principal in Jammu. The family is in a state of shock. Shalini and her sister-in-law Suraksha havent spoken to anyone since the accident.
They havent spoken to anyone. The two had made preparations for the festival and were looking to celebrate the occasion as the entire family had come together this time. But instead of a celebration,theres a funeral in the family, said Govind Singh.
The family alleged police arrived hours after the incident was reported and tried to threaten eyewitnesses. One of the eyewitnesses who helped catch the driver was threatened by an officer, Govind Singh alleged.
DCP (North) Sindhu Pillai said police had arrested the driver and registered a case of causing death due to negligence. The officer added that the driver was not under the influence.