A 22-year-old Manipuri youth was attacked in the Capital early on Tuesday morning by four to five unidentified men in the Saket area of south Delhi, police said.
Khup Sian Gen was stabbed at around 3:30am at Paryavaran Vihar near the Select Citywalk Mall while he was returning home from a friend's house in the same locality by the group of men who also snatched away his phone.
Gen made a PCR call at around 6:26am himself after borrowing a phone from a passerby.
"He was returning home after attending a religious fellowship in a church in Saket. Around 3:00am he got out of the church and was heading towards home. On his way back he was attacked by 4-5 people. He was stabbed with a knife and he fell unconscious. After regaining sense, he struggled to walk towards the church. The church guard saw him and immediately with the help of others took him to Saket City hospital," said Lang Khan Hau, who belongs to Zou tribe from Manipur.
Gen works with an NGO in Saket and has been staying in Delhi for the past five years. "His condition is critical now and has been kept under observation for 48 hours," Hau added.
He sustained stab injury on his chest and abdomen and underwent an emergency abdominal surgery at the Saket City Hospital.
"Doctors conducted vital checks and resuscitative treatment started immediately. The patient was stabilised and taken up for emergency abdominal surgery," the hospital said in a statement.
"His vital parameters are being maintained and the patient continues to be under intensive care monitoring."
BS Jaiswal, deputy commissioner of police south, said that it was a robbery bid gone wrong and may not be racially motivated.
This is the third such incident where people from the northeastern states have been attacked in Delhi in the last few weeks.
The latest reports of violence also come at a time when the northeast community has been protesting against the death of Nido Taniam and the racial abuse they face in New Delhi.