In the Brijpuri area of Delhi, a 20-year-old youth was allegedly stabbed by his neighbour. Reportedly due to a petty dispute the incident occurred.
According to the reports, the victim named Rahul and his cousin had gone to have ice cream around 10 pm on Friday when they met Mohammad Zaid, all of them reportedly lived in the same street. Rahul and Zaid got into a fight during which Zaid stabbed Rahul in the lower abdomen and Sonu also got knifed in his hand, as informed by the police to the media.
To prevent communal conflict in the area, a paramilitary was deployed, reportedly.
According to the reports by PTI, the two had some ego clash and they both came from humble backgrounds, while Zaid worked with his father as a carpenter, Rahul supplied packaged food items with his father.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (northeast) Joy Tirkey reportedly said, "It was a trivial issue that led to a scuffle between them. Zaid, who was alone that time, was having a sharp object most likely a knife and attacked Rahul. When Sonu came to his rescue, he also received injury in his hand. Efforts are being made to nab him."
Reports said that the accused is absconding and he has been booked under IPC section 307 (attempt to murder) and 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) at Dayalpur Police Station.
The victim is currently admitted to the ICU ward of GTB Hospital.
According to the reports, Ram Swaroop, Rahul's father, said he had gone to have ice cream when the incident took place.
"Rahul and his cousin Sonu had gone to have ice cream after dinner. There they had an argument with a person who was having noodles. We heard that a fight broke out between them and he stabbed Rahul. When Sonu intervened he too was knifed. Rahul has been admitted to the GTB hospital. He is currently in ICU," Ram Swaroop reportedly said.
Madhu, Rahul's sister, said that she wants strict punishment for the accused. She reportedly said, "We heard last night that Rahul was hurt in a fight. When we rushed to the spot, we saw Zaid fleeing. Police have registered a case and have also questioned us. We want strict punishment for him."
According to family members, there are CCTVs mounted where the incident took place but they don't have access to the footage.
Reports said that a large crowd had gathered in the place of the incident and some saw people helping the accused to escape.
Rahul's uncle told the media, "We took Rahul to a local doctor who asked us to shift him to a bigger hospital. This kind of act should not be tolerated."
Another family member of Rahul said that they were sent home after the incident by the police who said that they would handle the situation then.
Delhi minister on the incident
Delhi Cabinet minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader Saurabh Bhardwaj in a tweet in Hindi attacked the BJP over the matter.
"A stabbing incident in Brijpuri area of Delhi. It doesn't feel like this is the national capital. Now there is a Hindu-Muslim angle too. Now the BJP can raise a hue and cry, and can also question LG sir?" he said.
Police in Delhi are administered by the Union Home Ministry currently under the governance of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Brijpuri is one of the areas where major clashes were witnessed during the 2020 northwest Delhi riots that had flared ostensibly over the anti–CAA agitation. The riots claimed more than 50 lives, a majority of them Muslims.