HYDERABAD: “He was tall, and had a ponytail. He was wearing a black jacket and was riding a black pulsar. The face was neither covered nor was he wearing a helmet,” said a young Sonu recalling his cousin Sanjay’s words from the day his mother was pulled down from a moving bike by a chain snatcher.
After seven days of trying time spent by the family at hospital, P Sumithra was declared dead on Friday night. Unable to take in the reality, an exhausted Srihari, Sumithra’s husband sat numb faced. His sister, Renuka, explaining the family’s misery, said, “She used to single handedly manage our joint family taking care of everyone. How on earth can we console ourselves that an attempt to snatch a couple of tolas of gold has cost her life.” According to her, if such an incident has happened to her sister in law, it could happen to anyone on the streets. “It is no more safe to go out anymore..it can happen to anyone,” she added.
Recalling the incident, as told by Sanjay, Sumithra’s youngest daughter Komal said her mother had fallen down bleeding on the road and no one was around to help. “My brother had to wait for an autorickshaw to stop by for taking her to hospital. This in broad day light,” she rued. Further, Renuka added that the family suspect Sumithra was dead on the same day as the accident. “We were told that she was in coma. Surgery was performed and she was put on various life saving support systems. We have been asked to pay `5 lakh now,” she said.