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Will return in five minutes: Alok’s last call to his mother

Will return in five minutes: Alok’s last call to his mother

Alok Mathur, the victim



Tribune News Service

Samad Hoque

New Delhi, February 12

“I am coming in five minutes,” Alok Mathur said in his last phone call with his mother Gyan Devi but he never returned.

On Saturday, the Rajouri Garden police station received a PCR call at 8.45 am regarding a young man lying unconscious in Woodland Park in Tagore Garden.

Eighteen-year-old Alok had left home the previous evening at 7 pm, stating he was going out for a walk. His mother, Gyan Devi, stated, “He regularly used to leave at the same time and return by 8 pm, but my son never came back.”

When he did not return by 9 pm, she called Alok. He assured her he would return in five minutes, but when he did not, she called again, only to find his phone switched off this time. His father, Balbir Singh, and elder brother, Aakash Mathur, went to search for him, but to no avail. Alok was found dead when they reached the crime spot.

Crime and forensics teams were summoned to investigate the matter. Vichitra Veer, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) West, reported that they apprehended the suspects within 24 hours. The DCP stated that a quarrel had occurred about a month prior, during which Alok and his friends had beaten up the accused. Since then, the accused had reportedly been planning to retaliate.

Balbir stated, “Alok returned from school at 2 pm, had lunch, and in the evening, he went out as usual. If we had known, we would never have let him go.”

He said they had been staying in the area for the past five years on rent. Balbir works as an ironer, while Aakash as a salesman. They both are the breadwinners of the family. The family is under financial strain.

Gyan Devi said due to their financial stress, Alok had expressed intentions to leave school after exams to find work and support his family. He was studying in Class XI at a nearby government school. Balbir and Gyan Devi have two daughters, one of whom is married.

“Alok was the youngest and everyone adored him. We never received any complaints about him from anyone,” his mother said.

Aakash recounted, “At 8.30 am, I received a call from someone nearby informing me that Alok was lying unconscious in the park. We immediately rushed to the spot, and soon the police arrived.”

The police determined it to be a homicide case. “It was discovered during inspection that he had wounds on his chest and back. Based on the circumstances, a case of murder was registered. Post-mortem results indicated a firearm injury to the deceased,” the police stated.

After questioning local youth and gathering intelligence, Saurav Chopra emerged as the prime suspect. “He was apprehended through immediate raids, and upon sustained questioning, he admitted his involvement in the incident. His associate, Pratham, was also identified and apprehended,” the police added.

Found dead in park with multiple wounds

  • Alok Mathur (18) was found dead with multiple stab wounds on his body at a park in West Delhi’s Rajouri Garden area
  • Alok was a Class XI student. His father irons clothes for a living, while his brother works as a salesman

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