Death of Salil Tripathi: how COVID-19 ruined the life of this former restaurant manager
January 12, 2022, 12:47 p.m.
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Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Salil Tripathi, 36, was a Delhi-based restaurant manager, earning a comfortable salary to support his wife and son.
During the first wave in 2020, Tripathi lost his job and ended up working as a delivery manager at Zomato, struggling to make ends meet.
However, there was worse to come. On Saturday, Tripathi was killed by a cop driving an SUV.
How was the accident?
According to police, a car rammed Tripathi’s bike while he was waiting for a food order near Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital.
Tripathi was thrown into the air and landed near the divider.
He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead by doctors.
Onlookers alleged the car was overspeeding and being driven recklessly.
“We don’t know how to run the house”
“There was a time when Salil earned well and had a comfortable life. He also sent us money,” said Tripathi’s older brother Manoj. The Indian Express.
Everything has changed since the first lockdown as they are unable to cope with the situation, he said.
“I am a farmer and I don’t have much savings,” he added.
Tripathi lost 2 jobs during the pandemic
Tripathi lost his job as manager when the restaurant closed during the first wave, Manoj said.
Manoj said he expected his brother to get a well-paying job soon assuming the lockdown would be temporary.
“He found one in a cafe but also lost it in 2021 because the owners suffered losses due to COVID-19,” Manoj said.
Accused police officer arrested
Zile Singh, a police officer who was driving the car on Saturday, was arrested the same night, Deputy Police Commissioner (Rohini) Pranav Tayal said. TO ATTACH.
Eyewitnesses claimed the officer was intoxicated at the time of the event, which police are investigating, he said.
“We have taken a breathalyzer test and are awaiting the medical report,” a senior officer told the publication.
My son keeps asking questions: Woman
“What should I do now? I lost him forever,” said Tripathi’s wife, Sucheta. TO ATTACH. “My son keeps asking questions.”
She said her husband joined Zomato to educate their son.
Tripathi earned Rs. 40,000-50,000 per month at his previous job at the restaurant, the family said, adding that he could only earn Rs. 8,000-10,000 per month as a Zomato delivery manager.
Zomato provides financial support
“Our team has already visited them and collected documents to ensure that financial assistance is provided with the help of our insurance partners,” a Zomato official said. TO ATTACH.
The manager confirmed that the insurance induction process has begun, adding that “the support team is in contact with the family”.
Since the lockdown, the number of delivery partners employed has increased, the official said.