Himachal Diaspora: WhatsApp group collects Rs. 1.5 lakh to help family of murdered Mandi cab driver
SHIMLA- How Social Media has revolutionised social thought process of common man of Indian society is evident from a small ‘Whatsapp group’: Himachal Diaspora started by Satya Bhushan Sharma a leading businessman of Delhi, hailing from Baijnath.
Kuldeep Thakur, a 51-years-old resident of village Dugli, Bharol, district Mandi had barely settled in Delhi for less than month after buying a car on loan from bank and started driving his taxi and earn money for Uber Taxi Company when he was shot dead on the streets of Delhi street by two few rich and spoiled teenagers on April 7, 2016. He was preparing to get his elder daughter married off later this year and encouraging his 18-year-old son to prepare for his engineering entrance examination.But fate intervened in a cruel manner and suddenly the family finds itself in uncertainty, for he was the only earning member in the family of five.
Matter of Thakur’s murder was in the process of getting buried like many other murders, until one day Mr Neeraj Thakur, a journalist reported this incident on his Himachal Diaspora group on WhatsApp and another member Mr. Ramesh Panchkaran made an appeal to members of the group to contribute some money together and hand over the collection to bereaved family of late taxi driver.
Then came the power of present day social media. Within a span of 3 weeks, members of Himachal Diaspora group contributed generously with open hearts and ended up collecting over Rs 1,50,000.
On July 2, 2016 few Palampur base group members visited the family of late Kuldeep Thakur and handed over a cheque of collected money to Smt. Meena. Group members hoped that this small gesture will make big little difference to the family in meeting marriage expenditure.
Being an active member of the group, Gokul Butail was also present on this occasion and promised Mrs. Meena additional help of Rs. 40,000 on her daughter’s marriage from Chief Minister’s Kanyadaan Fund.
Another group member Hitesh Sharma was instrumental getting issued death certificate of late Mr. Thakur and negotiated with bank to waive off loan of Kuldeep Thakur and is negotiating with the management of Uber Taxi Company to arrange some financial help for the family from company resources.