When the pandemic hit and caused a nationwide lockdown to be imposed, several people ended up losing their jobs. One of them was Salil Tripathi, who was working as a restaurant manager in Delhi and was earning Rs 40,000 – Rs 50,000 every month. He lived a comfortable life along with his wife and 10-year-old son.
But because of the lockdown, Salil lost his job. He then started working at a cafe, but lost that job too after the owner suffered losses. Salil had no other choice than to join a food delivery company as a delivery executive, earning Rs 8,000 – Rs 10,000 a month – a drastic shift from his earlier earnings.
However, in a recent incident, Salil Tripathi lost his life after an SUV driven by a drunk police constable hit him. He lost his life on the spot. He was only 36-years old and was out on his food delivery duty, reported The Indian Express.
During the second wave of the pandemic, Salil had lost his father, who used to work as a mechanical engineer at a printing unit.
“What do I do now? I have lost him forever. My son keeps asking questions,” said Salil’s wife, Sucheta.
Salil was a hotel management graduate from Delhi and worked at restaurants like City Park hotel, The Suryaa Hotel, Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts, and Rico’s restaurant.
“There was a time when Salil was earning well and leading a comfortable life. He would also send money to us. After the first lockdown, everything changed. We were struggling to make ends meet. Now, we have lost him. We don’t know how we will run the house now. I am a farmer, and I don’t have much savings,” said Salil’s elder brother Manoj.
The drunk police constable, who has been identified as Zile Singh, was arrested the same night.
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However, as the news went viral online, people online showered their help and stood in solidarity.
#Delhi Heartbreaking picture of Zomato Executive Salil Tripathi's son shared by family.
Salil was run over by a drunk cop on Saturday night when he out for delivery. A restaurant manager once,Covid forced him to become delivery exec. Sole breadwinner,whose father died of Covid. https://t.co/Urviy3ILXE pic.twitter.com/KxcmXvZzDw
— Hemani Bhandari (@HemaniBhandari) January 11, 2022
My husband Salil tripathi lost his life as delhi policemen hit him by car in drunken state on 8/1/22.Need justice for my husband left with 10 yr old son and his mother..Future is dark for me😭🙏🏻 @ArvindKejriwal @narendramodi @sambitswaraj @PMOIndia @ManMundra @msisodia
— Sucheta Tripathi (@tsucheta01) January 12, 2022
After some circulated Sucheta’s bank account details urging others to help her, many came forward and transferred money into her account so that she can run the household and pay her son’s school fees. Even film producer Manish Mundra extended his help.
So found the bank details through @jignasa_sinha
Bank of Maharashtra
Bank account : 00000068006999689
Done 4 lacs.
It should reflect in the account by tomorrow https://t.co/Rd9iOAFtda
— Manish Mundra (@ManMundra) January 11, 2022
Om Shanti… pic.twitter.com/DyU1krN2bq
— Jaydip Raval (@jdthepharmacist) January 11, 2022
Sir, you inspire others to do more. Small help from my side.🙏
Be good do good pic.twitter.com/aPuCiIJgLH
— Pranjal Mishra (@pranjal_mishra) January 11, 2022
— Vivek (@vanandp) January 12, 2022
Done 50K. Should be in her account within 2 days. #BeBraveBharatWithYou
— Nishat Sitori (@NishatSitori) January 11, 2022
— अमित पाण्डेय 🇮🇳 (@ISHUPANDEY) January 11, 2022
Done My Bit..Thank you Bhaiya for Sharing the details.🙏 pic.twitter.com/xYR49NjpEQ
— ChaiandCatharsis (@NitishPandey084) January 11, 2022
— Karan Raghuvanshi (@karanrghu) January 11, 2022
It is truly touching to see how so many people came to the help of the Tripathi family!