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Robbers target couple at a park in south Delhi; 24-year-old stabbed to death

Engineering student Naresh Dader was killed when he tried to resist the robbery, police said. Three of the four accused nabbed, police hunt for the final robber

delhi Updated: Jan 14, 2018 23:09 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Delhi news,Delhi crime,Crime
Police officials at the spot where 24-year-old Naresh Dader was stabbed to death inside a park in Govindpuri.(Sourced)

A 24-year-old civil engineering student was stabbed to death by four men for resisting a robbery attempt when he was with a female friend at a park in south Delhi’s Govindpuri on Saturday.

Three of the four alleged robbers have been arrested in the case as of late Sunday night, deputy commissioner of police (south east) Chinmoy Biswal said. He added that cops are on the lookout for the final suspect. The three have previous criminal records consisting of several petty crimes and they were arrested from different parts of the city, he added.

Biswal said the victim, Naresh Dader, was sitting in the park with his friend around 4.30pm when the four men came from behind and held them at knifepoint. One of them asked the two to hand over their belongings, but Dader reportedly refused.

The woman said she had given her mobile phone and wallet to Dader.

“According to the woman, one of the robbers took one of the mobile phones out of Dader’s pocket and tried to take out the other. Dader tried to stop the robbers, which led to a scuffle. In the ensuing scuffle, the man stabbed Dader in the chest in front his friend,” said Biswal.

After he fell on the ground, the four men took away the mobile phones and wallets. Before fleeing, they returned to the woman and allegedly forced her to give away the jewellery she was wearing.

As soon as the robbers left, the woman rushed out of the park and raised alarm. With the help of a security guard and a few passersby, Dader was rushed to Batra Hospital where he was declared dead.

The police was informed after the guard posted at the park’s entrance made a call. Dader’s body was later sent for post mortem to AIIMS.

Asked if the woman, too, was attacked, Biswal said she hasn’t mentioned this in her statement.

Although there were some injuries on her body, but Biswal said those were caused due to a fall while she was running out of the park to seek help.

“The park is full of stones and pebbles. While running she lost her balance and got injured,” said Biswal.

Police said Dader was a resident of Trilokpuri. His elder brother Lokesh said he had recently appeared for his final semester exam for a diploma in civil engineering he was pursuing from an institute in Dwarka. My brother wanted to apply for a junior engineer post for civic agencies after completing his studies, Lokesh said.

Lokesh added that his brother would take up part-time assignments such as working for a caterer or working as a DJ to earn pocket money, but his goal was to be a civil engineer.

“He was very keen to finish his studies and enter the construction line he was passionate about. In fact, on Saturday too he had left home for a site my father is working in Chhattarpur before going to Govindpuri,” said Lokesh.

The 21-year-old woman is a resident of Tughlaqabad in southeast Delhi and worked as a freelance bridal make-up artist.

This is the second case of a couple being attacked in a city park. Last month, a 16-year-old girl was gang raped while her male friend was beaten inside a park in Shalimar Bagh, northwest Delhi.

First Published: Jan 14, 2018 23:09 IST