A 25-year-old constable was stabbed twice by an alleged criminal, but he fought back and caught him in Central Delhi’s Patel Nagar on Thursday morning.
The policeman, Jitender Tomar, is hospitalised at BLK Hospital with stab wounds behind his ear and to his back, but is expected to survive.
The nabbed suspect, Vikas (name changed), has a criminal record, including dacoity, registered against him when he was a juvenile, said a senior police officer.
Based on his interrogation, police later nabbed his associate, Rohit. A hunt is on for three other suspects who were with the assailant moments before the attack.
The incident took place around 4am on Wednesday when constable Jitender was on patrolling in Prem Nagar, under the jurisdiction of Patel Nagar police station.
“Jitender noticed a group of five men loitering around suspiciously. As he approached them, they ran in different directions. Two of them were riding a scooty and Jitender tried to stop them,” said a senior police officer.
The policeman physically tried to stop the scooty, causing the vehicle to skid. While Rohit used the chaos to run away, Jitender held on to Sooraj.
Finding himself unable to escape from Jitender’s grip, Sooraj allegedly pulled out a knife and stabbed him twice. “The knife almost punctured Jitender’s lung, but he continued to hold on to the attacker,” said the officer.
The bleeding policeman also managed to inform the police about the situatio. Reinforcement arrived quickly after that and Sooraj was handed over to the police team.
Jitender was first rushed to Lady Hardinge Hospital and later moved to BLK Hospital. “He is stable and has been able to speak to the investigators,” said MS Randhawa, DCP (Central).
A case of attempt to murder has been registered at Patel Nagar police station. While Sooraj is a resident of Munirka in South Delhi, Rohit lives in a locality near the crime spot. The latter too has past criminal cases agai against him, said police.