A 42-year-old Supreme Court lawyer was stabbed by three men late Wednesday night in the high security area of Kasturba Gandhi Marg in New Delhi. The lawyer,Ajmal Edappagath,is a relative of Minister of State for Human Resource Development E Ahamed.
According to police,the incident took place around 10.30 pm about 100 metres from Max Mueller Bhavan on K G Marg. Ajmal,who specialises in cyber law,was returning home from a gym in Connaught Place.
He left the gym around 10 pm and was walking home. He had his gym kit and iPhone with him. When he was near Max Mueller Bhavan,three men on a black motorcycle turned up. They stabbed him in the abdomen and his thigh. He fell down and bled profusely. They snatched his iPhone and fled, said a police officer investigating the case.
The area being secluded,no one came to Ajmals aid,police said. He managed to drag himself from Max Mueller Bhavan to
M S Apartments on K G Marg,his residence.
Abrar Edappagath,Ajmals younger brother,told Newsline,My brother told me that the men first stabbed him and then asked him whether he had any cash on him. Ajmal showed them his iPhone and said that was all he had. They snatched the phone and fled. Ajmal managed to drag himself to his apartment complex and collapsed.
A police officer said,He collapsed on the pavement outside his apartment. Some shopkeepers and fruit vendors spotted him and rushed him to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital where he has been admitted to the ICU.
Speaking to Newsline from his hospital bed,Ajmal said,I was walking home when the men approached me on a bike. They were not wearing helmets. They first stabbed me and then fled with my iPhone.
Ajmals wife,Sauda who works with Doordarshan as an assistant camera person,said,It was when my husband fell outside the shop that one of the shopkeepers told a passerby to inform me. He has been operated upon and is recovering.
Ajmal underwent surgery and a hospital source said he had lost a lot of blood by the time he was brought there. His vital organs were not damaged in the assault, said the source.
Additional Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) K C Dwivedi said A case under IPC Sections 397 (attempt to cause death or grievous hurt) and 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery) has been registered at the Barakhamba Road police station. We are investigating all possible angles.
The possibility that the attackers were following the victim cannot be ruled out as they chose a secluded area to attack him,he said.
Minister of State for Home Affairs Mullapally Ramachandran and E Ahamed visited Ajmal at the hospital on Thursday.
Ajmal is from my hometown. It is my duty to visit him and ensure that police are taking necessary action. Doctors have told me that his condition continues to be critical,though all his organs are functioning well, Ahamed said.