The class IX student Nimish Gulati (14) who miraculously survived being strangled and dumped for dead by a robber in his house on Wednesday, is in a critical condition at the intensive care unit (ICU) of a private hospital. The doctors have said the next 48 hours were going to be critical for the boy who has suffered serious facial congestion.
Based on the description given by Nimish, the assailant was identified as a 23-year old painter who had undertaken the whitewash job at his house in Sector 7. Knowing quite well that the parents of the boy would be away for work, the accused Shamshad Khan gained access into the house on the pretext of completing the paint of a book shelf.
Nimish told HT that around 3.30 p.m. that the painter entered the house. "He asked me take off all the books from the shelf as he wanted to do the final coat of paint. As I started to take the books off, he started to strangulating me with a rope.”
According to Anil Gulati, Nimish's father, blood was oozing out of his eyes and nose. Nimish regained consciousness in about 40 minutes and narrated the incident to his aunt who lived on the first floor of the same house.
Investigating officer Vikas Kaushik, the accused ransacked the house after he attacked the boy and stole a mobile phone, some cash and jewellery. "We have identified the accused and have rounded up some of his colleagues. He hails from a village in Lucknow," Kaushik said.