Three men allegedly stabbed a senior citizen to death in a minibus in Kalyanpuri of east Delhi on Thursday morning.
While bystanders said Vishwa Nath Sehgal (70) was killed when he stopped the trio from misbehaving with a woman, police maintained the three men picked a fight with the elderly man when he asked them to give him way to get down from the bus as they were standing on the footboard.
Two men have been arrested and a hunt is on to nab the third accused, the police said.
Sehgal, a resident of Shashi Garden near Shahadra in east Delhi, had retired as an administration officer from Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) about 12 years ago. The crime was reported around 11 am when Sehgal was on the way to a ration store, the police said.
“The three men were misbehaving with a woman. When Sehgal protested the two men refused to give him way and picked up a fight with him,” said a passenger on condition of anonymity.
The accused started pushing Sehgal and soon one of them stabbed him on his thigh with a knife, the police said.
“The elderly citizen suffered a deep cut in his right leg and was rushed to Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital where he succumbed to injuries,” said Anand Mohan, DCP (east).
Bus driver Prem Singh immediately stopped the vehicle and informed police.
“The three men fled from the scene. We arrested two of them — Tejpal and Mahesh,” said the officer. Police said they have registered a case of murder. Mahesh has a criminal record.
“I received a call from the police around noon saying that my husband is in a critical condition. When I reached the hospital, he was already dead,” said Kanta, Sehgal’s wife.