Minutes after Lakshmi (32) was stabbed allegedly by a stalker in southwest Delhi’s Inderpuri, her family took her to the police station — barely 100 metres away — in search of a vehicle to take her to the hospital. However, they alleged that police did not help them or call for an ambulance. Lakshmi’s husband Manoj Kumar (35) said he had to carry his wife before he found a cart to take her to the hospital. Ten minutes later, he said he found an auto.
Refuting the claims, DCP (southwest) Surendra Kumar said, “I can say with full conviction that such a thing could never have happened. The murder is unfortunate but there were enough vehicles to take the victim to a hospital. Life takes priority.”
Manoj, however said, “I had to carry my wife on my shoulders and walk for 15 minutes before we found a cart. Finally, an auto came our way and agreed to take us to the hospital,” he said.
He added that his wife was bleeding profusely when they reached Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. “She was still breathing and I thought we had a little more time. But doctors declared her dead,” said Manoj.
On Sunday night, Lakshmi was heading home from work when she was stabbed multiple times allegedly by the accused, Sanjay Kumar (30), in Inderpuri’s F block locality.
Family members said eyewitnesses told them the accused had blocked Lakshmi’s way and got into an argument with her. When she refused to talk to him, he whipped out a knife and stabbed her multiple times in the abdomen.
Her husband claimed the accused had been harassing his wife for one-and-half years even after they lodged two complaints. He added that police held a mediation session last October, where they called Sanjay and made him write that he would leave our family alone.
Manoj said the first complaint was lodged on January 3, 2015. In the complaint, Lakshmi said Sanjay had been harassing her over the phone and “abused” her whenever she confronted him. “He comes to my home whenever he finds me alone… If my family is ruined, I, along with my children, will do something and Sanjay will be solely responsible,” stated the complaint.
Manoj said on October 2, Sanjay got into a fight in the locality and entered into an argument with him as well. A month later, he said Sanjay started to harass his wife once again following which she filed a second complaint. The complaint was received by Inderpuri police station on November 30 last year.
Lakshmi stated that apart from harassing her, the accused had threatened that he won’t allow her sister to get married. “… He doesn’t improve his habits,” she wrote in the complaint.
DCP Kumar told The Indian Express that Sanjay was arrested a year ago on allegations of harassing the woman. “He was arrested last year but got bail recently,” he said. Police said after Sanjay killed Lakshmi, he slit his wrists and stabbed himself in the stomach. He died Monday morning.
However, Sanjay’s family alleged that he had an affair with the woman. “Whenever we asked him to get married, he said he did not want to marry any other girl,” said Nand Kishore, the accused’s elder brother.