The Delhi riots have led to the death of 38 people - one of them was Delhi Police head constable Ratan Lal, who succumbed to bullet injuries. While condolences for the slain police officer poured in from every quarter, IPS officer Arun Bothra sought help from social media to assist the family of the martyred cop monetarily.
Bothra had taken to Twitter to offer his condolences to Ratan Lal. "No idea if Head Constable Ratan Lal was pro-CAA or anti-CAA. We only know that he was just 42 years old. While he was performing his duty his family - wife, two daughters and a son were waiting for him at home," said Bothra. The tweet that had a picture of the family quickly went viral.
He followed up the tweet and said that many people have asked him for ways to help the family and said that he was working on it.
Many friends here have asked for way to help family of Head Constable #RatanLal. I am in touch with them. Will share details soon.
Thank you all for standing with family of martyred cop 🙏 https://t.co/qVmz8KVOOO- Arun Bothra (@arunbothra) February 25, 2020
Yesterday, Bothra shared the details of the constable's wife's bank account details. "Took time to obtain and verify as shocked family was not in position to communicate," he said. Soon after, some users got back and said that they tried funding but the account appeared to be inactive.
Verified bank account of wife of martyred Head Constable #RatanLal is here:
Mrs. Poonam Bari
A/C no. 33150100023786
Bank of Baroda
IFSC Code - BARB0BURARI
(Fifth Character is Zero)February 28, 2020
Bothra took to Twitter to say that the account has been inactive. He got in touch with the bank and got the account activated. He also said that he spoke to Ratan Lal's wife, brother, the bank manager and the SHO before posting the details on Twitter.
Sir done pic.twitter.com/UjKqawZnuL- SIMANCHAL PATNAIK (@SP40387958) February 28, 2020
As of my condition, I've donated a small amount to her account.
Hope, ppl from all faiths will help her by donating her in this distressful time at large🙏 pic.twitter.com/k8B6j34V7D- Singhdeo⚔️🚩 (@Singhdeo_Uk) February 28, 2020
Jai Hind🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/QKQ8DeAd8F- शुभम् सिंह /Shubham Singh (@__SINGHAA) February 28, 2020
Thanks. Done pic.twitter.com/o6n1UoqWb0- RayOne (@RayOneRevEr) February 28, 2020
Thank you sir pic.twitter.com/XgWkmHDEMT- Rajendra Joshi (@joshiRD4) February 28, 2020
Account is now active pic.twitter.com/MXJwYptd0g- Gåñdo çhørā (@VerdeUmesh) February 28, 2020
Done sir . Thanks for putting these details. pic.twitter.com/4smr6KEIgj- Bearded Biker (@i_am_gunjan) February 28, 2020
The Delhi government has also announced a compensation of Rs 1 crore for Ratan Lal. "As per the Delhi government's policy, we will give Rs 1 crore to head constable Ratan Lal's family," said CM Arvind Kejriwal at the Delhi Legislative Assembly.
Ratan Lal who died on duty was paid a grand tribute by the Delhi Police at New Police Lines, Kingsway Camp. Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik was also present along with over 1,000 colleagues of Ratan Lal. "It is a sad day for us, Ratan Lal was a courageous officer," said Patnaik.