“We don’t have the courage to break the news to her yet."
An Indian mother has been making arrangements for her son’s wedding, however, he was tragically killed in an accident, something she is unaware of.
Kulwant Kaur had been distributing wedding cards for her son Navjot, who was set to get married on October 2, 2022.
Navjot, a resident of Kharar, Punjab, was the sole provider in the household. His father was killed in a road accident in 2006.
His older sister got married in December 2021 and she is now pregnant.
Navjot was due to get married but on September 23, 2022, he died after getting stuck under the dumper of a twin-bin garbage collection vehicle.
He was the driver of the vehicle.
While the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation claimed the death was “a case of suicide”, the garbage collectors society alleged that a mechanical failure in the garbage vehicle led to the death of Navjot.
The matter came to light after locals saw that the vehicle had been parked in the area for some time.
Some of the locals approached the lorry and discovered a man’s body stuck underneath the dumper.
They immediately informed the police, which rushed to the spot and fished Navjot out from under the vehicle and took him to Government Multi Speciality Hospital in Sector 16. The doctors there declared Navjot dead and sent the body to the mortuary.
Despite the accident attracting a lot of attention, the Indian mother still does not know that her son is dead.
Navjot’s brother-in-law Hardeep Singh said:
“We don’t have the courage to break the news to her yet.
“She had gone to distribute Navjot’s wedding cards, unaware that he is no more. Nothing can be worse than this.”
Om Prakash Saini, chairman of Door-to-door Waste Collectors Society, said:
“Only a few days ago, he was even sharing the pictures of his roka with his to-be-wife.”
Criticising the insensitivity of the civic body, Om said:
“A family is ruined – a mother lost her only son, a sister lost her brother. How can the civic body shrug off its responsibility?”
Om claimed that mechanical failures in such vehicles were not uncommon and “it was sheer negligence on the part of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation to not get the same checked”.
Speaking about the incident, he said:
“There was no helper with Navjot who could have told us what actually might have happened.
“What is clear though is that Navjot had parked the vehicle and come out to check something under the vehicle.”
“We suspect that the failure of the hydraulic system could have caused the heavy bins to collapse on him, causing his death.
“Why will a person commit suicide in such a weird and unusual manner?
“Moreover, a similar incident happened just in May this year where the garbage collector died under similar circumstances.”