A 21-year-old man was attacked by a co-passenger with a ceremonial dagger for allegedly ‘blocking the way’ at a metro station in central Delhi on Sunday evening, the police said.
According to the police, the incident happened after the accused could not de-board a packed train at the station of his choice because the victim ‘blocked his way’. This is the first such incident to be reported from inside the high-security Metro stations.
“The accused has been identified as Kanwaljeet Singh. He was arrested from the spot at the Patel Chowk Metro station. The victim, Nitin, was rushed to the RML Hospital for medical aid and is out of danger,” said Sanjay Bhatia, additional deputy commissioner of police (railways).
According to the police, the incident took place at 4:15 pm when Singh, a resident of east Delhi’s Karkardooma and the victim, Nitin, a resident of Noida’s sector 22, boarded a train from Chandni Chowk.
Singh was headed to Janakpuri while Nitin, who works as an executive at an export firm, was en route to INA market.
“At the Rajiv Chowk station, which serves as an interchange, Kanwaljeet was supposed to de-board and take a connecting train towards Janakpuri situated on the Blue line. As the train was crowded, Kanwaljeet failed to make an exit and blamed Nitin and his friends for blocking his way,” said an officer.
Singh and Nitin came face to face below an escalator at the next station — Patel Chowk. The police claimed, Singh started swearing at Nitin and his friends before brandishing his ‘kirpan’ and attacking him in the waist.
A CISF team nabbed Singh and handed him over to Delhi Police as Nitin was rushed for medical aid.“Singh has been arrested for attempt to murder and under relevant sections of the Arms Act,” additional DCP Bhatia said.