Little did Dr. Pankaj Narang, a Dentist in West Delhi, know that this Holi is probably going to be the last he’s seen and the only colour on him that night would be that of blood.
What’s happening to us?
The police have already made arrests and reports say the accused are “showing remorse”. The juveniles have been sent to a correction home and the others are now in Tihar Jail.
Social Media is flooding with tweets and posts expressing angst against this mob and comparing it to the Dadri Lynching episode. Our only concern is the new ugly face we’re unveiling in the society. Our people are becoming so sensitive, allowing something to offend them so much, extreme levels of communal dis-harmony, one argument, one piece of meat, one slogan is all it takes for people to lose their calm?
Yes, we’re humans, we react. But any reaction that forms a chain of stupid actions justifies nothing. Look at this incident, nobody is talking about how horrible our country’s future is going to be with kids as young as 17-year-olds going to jail because they couldn’t tolerate one argument? We’re constantly surrounded by hot-heads who lose it in a single go. Whatever happened to patience? Forgiving and forgetting?
What did he do to deserve this?
The Doctor was celebrating with his son post the IndVsBan match on Wednesday night with a quick game of cricket in his society compound (Around 12:30 AM). The ball went out of the compound on a by-lane where there were two men on bikes rashly driving and zig-zagging on the street. When the Dentist opposed this, it led to a heated argument. Narang slapped the bikers and snatched their bike keys, after which they escaped, only to return with a mob of 15 people from the nearby basti.
All of them were armed with iron rods, cricket bats and other blunt objects and didn’t think twice before beating up Pankaj. Whoever tried to save him while he was being attacked wasn’t spared either. Pankaj’s brother-in-law too suffered injuries. However, none of the neighbours came to their rescue. Imagine living in a society that must have at least a 100 tenants, opposed to a mob of 15. If only the society had a presence of mind and would have stood together in strength, Pankaj would have survived today. But it’s easier said than done.
Who are these people?
Most of the accused are e-rickshaw drivers who reside in the locality (in a nearby basti) and fishmongers, also residing in a nearby slum. Joint commissioner of police (South Western) Deependra Pathak said there was no communal angle to the attack because none of the accused is a Bangladeshi national. “We have arrested five people, including 22-year-old main accused Nasir Khan, brother Amir and mother Mesar. Four boys of around 17 years were taken into custody too. Efforts are on to catch the other culprits,” he said.
When will be stop sparing Juveniles?
Notice the age group? They are at an age where they’ve just entered college (We’re not sure if they were educated though) and they’re already murderers! You know what’s disappointing? Our law. Our law will take these culprits and put them in a remand home and give them the least sentence. Why? Because they’re yet to become ‘adults’.
Any ‘child’ in their sane mind would not join a mob and murder a man. Neither will a ‘child’ forcibly enter a bus and join a group of men who raped and attacked a woman and left her to die while he today, enjoys with a sewing machine and 25,000 Rs. cash. If a person has murdered someone in their sane minds, he is a criminal, irrespective of what his age is.
We’re definitely not forgetting this incident until the time the Narang family receives justice. All the 15 of the mob goes behind bars and serve as an example of sheer stupidity. Not until Narang’s son grows to believe that this is not the society he or his father deserved to live in.