Delhi police constable Ratan Lal’s death mourned in his native village in Rajasthan
Jaipur: Delhi police head constable Ratan Lal who was killed in violence over Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) on Monday had spoken to his 70-year-old mother over phone a couple of days before his death and promised to visit her during Holi vacations. Ratan Lal hailed from Tihawali village in Ramgarh area of Sikar district. His mother – Santara Devi – lost consciousness when the news of his death reached the village.
A family member said that Ratan Lal’s younger brother Dinesh and his mother Santara Devi live in the native village. Ratan Lal’s father passed away a couple of years ago. Ratan Lal is the eldest of three brothers. Dinesh is a farmer, while another brother Ramkant lives in Bangalore.
Ratan Lal joined Delhi police in 1998 as a constable and then was promoted to head constable. He is survived by two daughters Siddhi (12) and Kanak, son Ram (7) and wife Poonam.
“Ratan Lal had spoken to his mother a couple of days ago and promised that he would visit her during Holi vacations. We came to know that he was suffering from fever, but despite that he reported for duty and was killed during the violence,” said a villager.
A cousin said that the government should declare Ratan Lal a martyr and provide financial assistance to his family.
A 2-minute silence was observed in Rajasthan assembly on Wednesday to mourn the death of the head constable.