After members of various political parties Saturday came to pay their condolences to Dr Pankaj Narang, who was beaten to death in Vikaspuri Wednesday night, his family requested them to not politicise the issue and refused to meet some of the leaders.
“Politicians are not related to us. They should not politicise this issue for their votebanks. They should focus on the social problem which residents are facing here,” said Dr Sanjeev Popli, a family member.
“We have nothing to do with any of the parties or their men. We have lost someone dear to us. The people who committed this crime should be behind bars and the government should think about what led them to commit such a crime,” he added.
Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay, who met the family, told The Indian Express, “I met Dr Narang’s wife and mother in the morning. They said they want justice. I also met the police commissioner and the RWA president. They want a police picket in the area as some people have been causing trouble”.
AAP leader and local MLA Jarnail Singh, along with sub-divisional magistrate Dr Vivek Kumar from Patel Nagar, met the family for a few minutes outside the house and assured them of the government’s full cooperation. When members from a NGO started to raise slogans against the AAP government, the policemen deployed outside the Narang residence had to intervene.
Hindu Sena member Vishnu Gupta also came to the house but could not meet the family. Some leaders from different groups tried to hold a condolence meet inside a local temple but were not allowed to do so.
Some members from the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad’s (ABVP’s) JNU unit met Narang’s family members and also demanded a government inquiry. “It was a horrifying incident and we wanted to express our solidarity with the family,” said Saurabh Kumar Sharma, joint secretary, ABVP.
“When something like this happens, it is wrong to give it any kind of colour. There are those who are viewing it as a communal incident and the ABVP, as an organisation, condemns this portrayal,” said Sharma