New Delhi: A 21-year-old man was allegedly stabbed to death in broad daylight by five youths in Madangir Central Market of southeast Delhi, the police said on Wednesday.
All the five attackers have been apprehended in this case after a case of murder was registered at the Ambedkar Nagar Police station. Initially, police said that all of them were minors but later it emerged that two of them could be major. "Three of them are juveniles. We are verifying the age of the remaining two," said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southeast) P. Karunakaran.
The horrific crime, which took place in a busy marketplace, was caught on CCTV footage. The incident took place at 3:05 PM on Tuesday when the deceased identified as Sachin, along with his friend was passing through the street on a bike when the five attackers came from the opposite direction and pushed Sachin off the bike.
While his friend managed to flee, the attackers stabbed Sachin repeatedly until he collapsed. Passers-by watched in horror and nobody came forward to save the victim out of fear. One of the attackers was seen brandishing his knife in the air in order to threaten locals in the CCTV footage.
As the attackers fled the scene leaving Sachin in a pool of blood, he was rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.
During investigation, all the five attackers were identified by the police with the help of CCTV footage and eyewitness account and were later apprehended.
"It has emerged that Sachin was in touch with some anti-social elements and used to regularly harass some of the juveniles involved in this case. One of the attackers, who is 15-year-old told us during questioning that Sachin had extorted money from him. Later, he too came in contact with some ruffian elements of the area and all of them decided to eliminate Sachin," said a senior police official.
Sachin used to assist his father at his shop in Madangir while the five attackers also belong to the same area. Some of them are sanitation workers and labourers. "All of them are school dropouts. They are being questioned and further investigations are on," said Karunakaran.