A shocking crime in broad daylight near New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan, a prominent area of the national capital, has laid bare the horrific situation that people residing in Delhi have to deal with. According to police, a 25-year-old man was stabbed to death and his wife was injured by three pickpockets on Saturday evening, The Indian Express reported. The shocking incident took place when the victim, identified as Amarjeet, had boarded a bus from Delhi zoo with his wife Manju and other family members. Subsequently, one of the accused stole his phone and got off the bus, according to police. The couple tried to catch the pickpockets and even gave them a chase. The chase ended up in a horrific tragedy for this young couple as one of the accused pulled out a knife and started stabbing Amarjeet.
Police rushed to the spot after an alerted Amarjeet’s wife called the police. He was taken to hospital where he succumbed to injuries later. Amarjeet was stabbed in the chest while his wife was slashed in the arm. In the meantime, passerbies managed to get hold of two perpetrators, identified as Suraj and Sumit, who were handed over to police. The third accused Ajit had managed to escape from the spot but was arrested later, a police official was quoted as saying by Indian Express. Amarjeet was a resident of outer Delhi’s Nilothi Gaon.
According to data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) late last year, Delhi reported the maximum number of rape cases amongst 19 major cities at 40 per cent, besides the highest crime rate in 2016. According to the report, the national capital has got the dubious distinction of topping the list in cases of murder, kidnapping and abduction.
The national capital had recorded the highest crime rate 182.1 compared to the national average of 77.2. Chennai has reported the highest number of cases of Special and Local Laws (SLL) crimes, accounting for 32.9 per cent of total reported cases among the 19 cities, followed by Kochi (12.9 per cent) and Surat (12.6 per cent) during 2016. Delhi had also reported the highest number of kidnapping and abduction – 5,453 cases (48.3 per cent) followed by Mumbai with 1,876 cases (16.6 per cent) and Bengaluru 879 cases 7. 8 per cent during 2016.