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Rickshaw puller Prem Singh went to buy milk during Delhi riots & never returned

Prem Singh's family looked for days before they found his body at GTB Hospital. Photographs by Praveen Jain

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New Delhi: Rickshaw puller Prem Singh, 27, disappeared Tuesday, day three of the riots that erupted in Northeast Delhi this week. He had stepped out to buy milk for his children, but never returned home.

His family went from pillar to post trying to find out his whereabouts, until doctors at GTB Hospital asked them to look at some unidentified bodies in the mortuary Saturday evening. When they did, their search ended.

Prem Singh was one of the 43 killed in the communal carnage that tore through Delhi earlier this week. He leaves behind a wife, three children and an elderly mother whose wails rang through Brijpuri as he was taken on his final journey Sunday evening.


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Sunita Singh wife of Prem Singh with their two year old daughter | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Prem Singh’s wife Sunita with their two-year-old daughter at their Brijpuri residence Sunday, when his body was brought home | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Prem Singh's younger sister Savita Devi | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Prem Singh’s younger sister Savita Devi | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Muslim men try to console grieving Prem Singh's family | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Neighbours console Prem Singh’s grieving family | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Sunita stands besides the ambulance outside the mortuary | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Sunita outside the mortuary of GTB Hospital after the family identified Prem Singh | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Nathu Devi, Prem Singh's mother immerse in grief after she see her son | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Prem Singh’s mother Nathu Devi was beside herself with grief as his body was brought home | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Sunita Devi burst into tears as they prepare for Prem Singh's final journey | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Sunita Devi breaks down as Prem Singh’s body is taken on its final journey | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Neighbours of Prem Singh | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Neighbours gather around Prem Singh’s residence | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
On the departure of the deceased, the mother shouted saying, " Where are you taking my child" | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
As the body was taken away for cremation, Prem Singh’s mother screamed, “Where are you taking my child?” | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
The last journey, Prem Singh's body taken to Harihar Shamshan Ghat, Babarpur | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Prem Singh was cremated at the Harihar Shamshan Ghat in Babarpur | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Preparing for the last rites | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Sunita’s bangles — under Hindu customs, a widow gives up her bangles — on Prem Singh’s body ahead of cremation | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Before burning, the body is being washed with Ganga water | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
The body is doused with Ganga water before being consigned to flames | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

 


Also read: Why Northeast Delhi violence is India’s first Hindu-Muslim riots with guns  


 

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3 COMMENTS

  1. They are poor people. They should take care of each other, not fight nor kill. Religion is just different color, apearance, name, nothing else, nothing matter.

    • Brahmanism (a.k.a Hinduism) and Brahmins benefit from this mad orgy of violence between lower caste hindus (instigated by the former) and their Muslim victims.

      There, i gave you a textbook answer.

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