On December 14, Mohan Guruswamy posted this touching message about Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe paying his respects to a Delhi Police cop who died in the line of duty.
Surprisingly, while the renowned columnist had the information not a single newspaper gave this story any importance.
What happened was that on December 13 the 30-year-old Singh was set to guard the route in the Delhi Cantt area the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was to take for the airport for his return to Japan. Singh was hit by an unidentified vehicle and died.
Inset: Virender Singh
The constable, who had joined the police force only five years ago, was a native of Haryana. He is survived by his wife and two children. Though the cops traced the vehicle on that very day
, there is no information on whether the accused has been found. The Embassy of Japan in India confirmed that PM Abe did send a message of condolence and a bouquet of flowers to Singh’s house – an act not expected of a visiting PM of a foreign country but done nevertheless.
The sad irony is that Indians were totally oblivious to the death of the cop. In fact, his body lay on the road till a passerby informed the police.
Perhaps, we are a different breed.