Rakesh was in Jamaica to make a better future for himself. He’d been living there for two years and worked at an electronics showroom in the Caribbean country. On February 9 three men had entered the store, pretending to be customers. They then pointed a gun at the three salesmen present, including Rakesh, demanding that they empty the cash register. Two of the salesmen agreed, while Rakesh refused to act on the trio’s orders. The men then shot at all three of them, injuring two and killing Rakesh. All three were rushed to the hospital, but Rakesh was declared dead before admission. The owner of the showroom called Rakesh’s cousin Chandan Ahuja, who later delivered the unfortunate news to his father
The tears of Rakesh’s father Prakash Talreja have not stopped flowing ever since he heard that his 23-year-old son had been shot dead, in a country far away. Prakash said that his son used to call them every Sunday and tell them about his week. On February 5, Sunday, too, Rakesh had called but since the mobile network was poor, they could not hear him clearly. Rakesh then said he would call them later and hung up. “I did not know that would be the last conversation between us,” Prakash lamented
Rakesh is survived by his elder brother and parents. His parents reside at Ambadi Road, Vasai West. Prakash works in an electric switch-making company while his mother Jyoti is a homemaker. His elder brother works as an accountant in South America
The body of the 23-year-old arrived home on February 16. The casket was flown in on a British Airways flight and received by Rakesh's grieving family. Rakesh's last rites were performed in the evening
"We still don't know what actually happened that day because there are differing versions in the Jamaican media. I was told that the robbery took place at Rakesh's house, when he was upstairs. There were four others in the house then. My father was told the night of the killing that he had been shot dead in an armed robbery at the workplace," said Mahesh Talreja, Rakesh's elder brother who works as an accountant in South America. "Why did the robbers have to kill him if their sole intent was to steal cash? Also, I've been trying to contact others who had been injured in the shooting, but they haven't responded yet."
A relative revealed that Rakesh had escaped death twice as a child. At the age of 6, he was allegedly kidnapped and found, covered in cigarette burns, on railway tracks the next day. In his teens, Rakesh had been hospitalised for a month after hitting a railway pole
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Vasai resident Rakesh Talreja (23) was shot dead in Jamaica on February 9, in an armed robbery, as he refused to empty the cash register for the thugs. Here are some sad developments in the case