A 25-year-old man was stabbed to death in South Delhi’s Malviya Nagar on Thursday evening. CCTV footage shows the victim, Mayank Panwar, being attacked by a group of assailants while passersby look on.
According to police, they received a call about the incident which took place near gate no 3 at the Begumpur DDA Market. They found that the victim was taken to AIIMS Trauma Centre, where he succumbed to injuries.
Police said he was sitting at the Qila in Begumpur with his friend, Vikas, at 7 pm when four-five unknown people picked a fight with the duo. Mayank was stabbed while he was trying to escape.
DCP (South) Benita Mary Jaiker said: “The motive behind the stabbing is currently unknown. A case has been registered under IPC sections 302 (murder) and 34 (common intention).” Police said they had identified the assailants and were trying to arrest them.
Mayank is survived by his parents Kuldeep and Savita, and his elder brother Priyank.
His mother recollected the last time she had seen him: “He was walking out of the house at noon with a smile on his face. Not one person helped him while he was being attacked. Is there no humanity? How could this happen?”
Priyank said: “Vikas managed to escape by running in another direction. When he saw the group coming at him, Mayank called another friend, Vikram, to help him. When Vikram arrived, he found Mayank lying on the ground, bleeding. No one even tried to help him. They could have at least called police.”
He added, “I was told that he lost a lot of blood. I did not inform our parents about the death until the next morning.”
Family and friends expressed shock and grief at the turn of events, describing Mayank as a kind and friendly person who did not have enemies. His brother said, “Mayank had studied Hotel Management at IHM Rohtak. He had also worked as a trainee at Radisson Blu. He wanted to go and work at a hotel in Goa.”
A family friend, Sonal Singh, said, “I usually go with his mother for evening strolls. While walking with her on the day of the incident, I had encouraged her to send him to Goa, as he would be better off there. Just 20 minutes after that, I heard he was stabbed.”
The family said the attackers should be severely punished. Savita said, “They should all be hanged after what they did to my son.”