Man stabbed to death, bookseller shot in Delhi


New Delhi : A 23-year-old man who tried to resist robbers was stabbed to death while gunmen shot and injured a leading bookseller in another part of the capital, the police said Thursday.

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Naresh Kumar, a labourer, was walking home in east Delhi’s Trilok Puri area around 11 p.m. Wednesday when four men tried to rob him. When he refused to hand over his money, they stabbed him on his head, chest and back.

Police said a bleeding Kumar was first rushed to the Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital and later to the Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital (GTB) in east Delhi after his condition deteriorated. But he died before he could reach there.

Kumar’s distraught family, including an elder brother, two younger sisters and his mother, and several neighbours Thursday staged a noisy protest outside the Trilok Puri police station demanding the arrest of the attackers.

Around the time when Kumar was attacked, three masked men entered the retail bookshop of Madan Mohan Lamba at the Tilak Nagar market in west Delhi, thrust a pistol to the man’s forehead and demanded the day’s earnings.

According to the police, when Lamba resisted, he was shot. The robbers then fled with a bag with Rs.150,000 in cash.

Police said by the time others in the shop could react, the men escaped on a motorcycle.

Lamba was rushed to the Channan Devi hospital in Janakpuri and later shifted to the Spinal Injuries Hospital in Vasant Kunj in south Delhi. His condition was stated to be stable.

A leading bookseller in west Delhi, Lamba has been selling books for several years.

“The victim’s family has informed us that he didn’t have any enmity with anyone. They are clueless about the incident,” a police official said.