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Punjab-origin man in UK shocked to find stabbing victim at doorstep

Raj Grover, who runs a property business in the area, found the 60-year-old victim, bleeding after an attack in Southall – a suburb populated by numerous Indian migrants from Punjab.

indians-abroad Updated: Aug 26, 2019 12:04 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
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Grover gave first aid while his wife called an ambulance, but the victim succumbed to his injuries and died at the scene.
Grover gave first aid while his wife called an ambulance, but the victim succumbed to his injuries and died at the scene.(Representtative Image)

An Indian-origin businessman has described his shock as he found the victim of a stabbing at the doorstep of his West London home on Saturday evening.

Raj Grover, who runs a property business in the area, found the 60-year-old victim, bleeding after an attack in Southall – a suburb populated by numerous Indian migrants from Punjab.

Grover gave first aid while his wife called an ambulance, but the victim succumbed to his injuries and died at the scene.

“He rang the bell and I went out. He was full of blood, and then I was running to pick up a towel. I put the towel on and I was pressing to stop the blood, then my wife came out, we called the ambulance and the police,” said Grover, who said he was getting ready to head out for his own birthday party at the time.

His son, who was the first to see the victim, screamed for his father to come to the door. As Grover tried to help, the stab victim urged him to call his wife, who arrived soon after.

“His wife mentioned he (the victim) went to the pub, I don’t know what happened in the pub just around the corner… he was on his way back and somebody stabbed him twice,” he was quoted as saying in the local media.

“God bless him, he was a very nice gentleman,” Grover said about the victim who lived near his home.

Scotland Yard said homicide detectives from its specialist crime unit have been informed after officers were called to the scene on Saturday.

“A man in his 30s has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in hospital under police guard being treated for minor injuries,” the Metropolitan Police statement said.

It noted: “Officers, London Ambulance Service and the Air Ambulance Service attended and treated a man in his 60s suffering with a stab wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed. A post-mortem will be carried out in due course.”

The latest stabbing incident in London comes as the new UK home secretary Priti Patel announced plans to pave the way for new powers to tackle violent crime in Britain earlier this week.

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