A youth who tried to save a damsel in distress in the street, where she was being harassed by three men, was killed by them. The hapless family is left to fend for itself
“We are devastated. The world does not care for us. The girl whom he tried to save is safe and would not even think of us. My boy lost his life. We are the only losers,” says an inconsolable Sadiq Ali Khan, father of Imran Khan who was killed by eve-teasers a few days ago.
Imran’s family, that includes his aged parents, two sisters and a brother, have not observed Eid-Ul-Fitr. It was on last Sunday, Imran, 24, who earned for his whole family by making and repairing sofas, was cruelly done to death by three hoodlums for his objecting to teasing a girl (Postnoon Aug 15).
On Sunday, Imran and his friend Asif, were returning home from Golconda Qila after work. At Langerhouse, Imran, a conscientious youth, was outraged at seeing a hapless girl being so brazenly harassed in public by three men on a scooter. Imran asked the trio to stop it and go their way. The three turned their ire on the youth and closed in on him. Seeing the scene turning violent, locals gathered and separated the two. Imran and his friend resumed their journey.
When they reached Karwan Panch Bhai Alawa, a vehicle hit their bike from behind. The impact of this sent the two flying. While Ashif was getting up, he saw the same trio hitting Imran with a blunt weapon. He raised an alarm and used his mobile phone to inform his parents and the police. The attackers escaped. Imran, in a serious condition, was shifted to Nims but the doctor attending him said the boy had little chance of surviving since his liver was badly damaged. After struggling for life, he died by evening.
“He was our bread winner,” said Zahida Begum, his mother. “Look at him,” she points at her husband, “He was a tailor but is now in ill health and unable to work. Our son was a kind boy. He had only studied upto high school but was a responsible person. Who will care for us?” she dabs her eyes with her shawl. Imran’s sister is married and his brother, who is 12 years old, is in school. Their hutment is just in front of the Toli Masjid. “No,” his mother said when asked if they knew anything about the girl her son had saved. “Nobody contacted us. Not even a word of sympathy. This thankless world!”
Later, the police arrested the three attackers — Chennaih, Jagdish and Mohit — Langerhouse inspector, NG Ratnam said. Chennaih and Jagdish belong to Ziaguda and Mohit to Nalgonda District. Police inquiries revealed that the three are part of a bootlegging gang.
Except for a cursory visit by the MLA, nobody, not even the community members, extended any help to the hapless family. As this reporter comes out, Imran’s 12-year-old brother runs up to him and say he will take revenge on those who killed his brother. An elderly in the neighbourhood asked, “who will bother to intervene when helpless people, may they be girls or boys, get attacked on the road? Our society does not deserve such heroes.”
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