NEW DELHI: A 17-year-old Mohammad Anas was stabbed to death by five boys in school uniforms in the heart of the national Capital after the victim objected to them stealing his mobile phone.
The incident took place on a government-run cluster bus on the Punjabi Bagh-Badarpur route at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday.
The boys in school uniforms believed to be students of Classes VIII, IX and X tried to rob Anas’s mobile phone in a moving bus near R K Ashram in the national capital.
Anas confronted them and was checking the pocket of the accused on the suspicion of stealing his mobile phone, an argument broke out which turned into a scuffle.
Some of the boys allegedly restrained Anas while one of them stabbed him in the neck. He was immediately rushed to the to Holy Family hospital but succumbed to injuries and was declared brought dead.
According to Hindustan Times reports, Jai Bhagwan, the conductor of the bus, who witnessed the crime, said there were at least 40 passengers at the time of the murder, but remained mute spectators.
“Everything happened quickly. Before I could react, they had stabbed the youth and jumped out of the bus,” he told HT.
If only one passenger showed the guts to intervened, the boy would have been alive.
Anas, the eldest of three siblings was first-year B.Com student at Al-Falah University in Faridabad. Anas, a resident of Zakir Nagar would have turned 18 next February.
Bholu Khan, the victim’s father who runs a drinking water business said. “My Maruti Omni van had broken down in Maharani Bagh. I had called Anas to come with some money. He was a very well-behaved boy, but shouldn’t he have tried to retrieve his stolen phone?” Khan asked.
The accused will be presented before the Juvenile Justice Board for further custody.
All accused have been arrested in killing of a man by 5 in a Cluster bus. Accused are juvenile students aged b/w 12 to 15. They hopped into bus near Ashram Chowk, tried to rob victim's mobile phone & killed him when showed resistance: Romil Baniya, DCP, South East Delhi pic.twitter.com/jBcyqpzoLD
— ANI (@ANI) November 25, 2017
Government figures show 56 juveniles in Delhi were involved in murder cases in the previous two years. Overall, 2,499 crimes in the city were committed by juveniles in 2016, according to police data.
With agency inputs