The death of Delhi Police head constable Ratan Lal on Monday during a violent clash between pro and anti-CAA groups in Northeast Delhi has shattered his family, including his three children. (Catch live updates on Delhi violence here)
Ratan Lal's wife Poonam fainted as she heard the news of his death. His children -- Siddhi, 13, Kanak, 10, and Ram, 8 -- were devastated.
What was their father's mistake, the children asked the Commissioner of Police.
According to 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 in the Dayalpur police station area by the miscreants when the violence was at its peak around noon. He was injured when stones were hurled at police personnel during the protests.
Lal, a native of Rajasthan's Sikar district, had joined the Delhi Police as a constable 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 of Burari, the children started crying. Amid the chaos in Burari, his relatives were also informed.
Lal's younger brother Manoj, who lives in Bangalore, reportedly left for Delhi in the evening.
Lal's other 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, Dinesh said.
"His behaviour and language were never like that of a policeman," said Hiralal, assistant sub-inspector at Dayalpur police station, who worked with Ratan Lal for almost two and a half years.
(With inputs from IANS)