First casualty of Delhi violence – Brave, unwavering & a patriot, policeman Ratan Lal was a true hero

Kusum Tewari

Ratan Lal

Ratan Lal lost his life while fighting the rioters in North east Delhi on February 24&nbsp

Key Highlights

  • Ratan Lal’s mother has not been informed of his death as of now
  • Lal had promised his children that they would all celebrate Holi back in their village
  • Reports suggested that Lal who was born in a middle-class family in Sikar area of Rajasthan was the eldest among three brothers and a sister

New Delhi: While his kids wait for him to fulfil his promise of taking them back to their village to celebrate Holi and his mother sits uninformed that she might never be able to speak to the son who made her so proud, the rest of the family, looking back at countless memories in a state of shock, prepares for the last rites of head constable Ratan Lal.
42-year-old Lal, who was described as ‘an outstanding policeman’ by a superior, breathed his last on February 24 after bravely fighting rioters in northeast Delhi. He was currently posted in Gokulpuri area of the national capital and was known to have led many raids in the area. While talking to The Times of India, additional DCP Brijendra Yadav said that Lal had an ‘indefatigable’ attitude and lived his life with ‘tremendous positive energy’.
His colleagues also remember Lal, who had joined the Delhi police in 1998, as someone who adorned a unique moustache just like that of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who had shot down a Pak F-16 fighter jet on February 27 last year. 
Reports suggested that Lal who was born in a middle-class family in Sikar area of Rajasthan was the eldest among three brothers and a sister. While his family was in Tihawali, he stayed in north Delhi’s Burari with his wife and three children — two girls aged 11 and 12 and a boy aged 8. 

A family member, while talking about Lal’s death, said that his mother has not yet been informed of the death. It was said that as soon as the news reached his home, the family members switched off the television so that the news could be concealed from the mother. However, the family members said that the mother might have a hint because more than usual people have been visiting Lal’s house.


While speaking to TOI, Lal’s family member said that he was a patriot and wanted to don the uniform since the very start. His brother also appealed to the public to stop the violence.

The reports also said that the people from his village have demanded a ‘martyr’ status for Lal. It has also been demanded that he be consigned to flames with full state honours and that a government school in the village be named after Lal. 

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