Delhi Police head constable Ratan Lal’s wife Poonam fainted as she heard the news of his death. His children – Siddhi, 13, Kanak, 10, and Ram, 8 – are devastated.
Meanwhile A man, who was captured on video purportedly brandishing and firing a gun during the clashes that consumed different parts of northeast Delhi on Monday, 24 February, was identified as Shahrukh and detained by the the Delhi Police on Tuesday.
The video of the incident emerged from Jaffrabad, where tensions intensified on Monday. The video seems to be shot on a mobile phone from the roof of a nearby building.
The death of Delhi Police head constable Ratan Lal on Monday during a clash between pro- and anti-CAA groups in east Delhi has shattered his family. What was their father’s mistake, his children asked the Commissioner of Police.
According to Ratan Lal’s acquaintances, he was a peace-loving person and would never get involved in any fight or argument.
The head constable was allegedly killed near Dayalpur police station by miscreants when the violence over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act or CAA was at its peak around noon.
Ratan Lal, a resident of Fathepur Tihwali village in Rajasthan’s Sikar district, joined the Delhi Police in 1998. He got married to Poonam, a resident of Jaipur, in 2004.
As the news of his death reached his house in Amrit Vihar Colony in Burari, the children started crying. Amid the chaos in Burari his relatives were informed. Mr Lal’s younger brother Manoj, who lives in Bangalore, reportedly, left for Delhi in evening.Mr Lal’s another younger brother Dinesh said, “He was the reader of the Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) of Gokulpuri. He had just accompanied the ACP, but the mob surrounded him and killed him.”
We never saw our brother behaving like a typical policeman, Mr Dinesh said.