Robbers broke a 41-year-old French woman’s right leg as she tried to fight them off in North Delhi’s Majnu ka Tilla, police said Wednesday.
A police officer said two men stalked Isabella Prewila, who works with an NGO in Himachal Pradesh, early Monday morning and tried to rob her bag. “When she resisted, they mercilessly assaulted her. One of the accused persons held her while the other jumped on her leg, breaking it.”
The officer added, “They fled with her rucksack containing Rs 6,000, an iPad, passport and other belongings, but were caught after investigation, during which the police found CCTV footage of them following the woman.”
Prewila, who had to catch a flight back to France Monday evening, is recuperating at Fortis Hospital in Shalimar Bagh.
Prewila is a frequent visitor to India and teaches French in Himachal Pradesh, said a source. “Before arriving in Delhi, she had booked a room in a guest house at the Tibetan colony in Majnu ka Tilla. She came in a bus from Himachal Pradesh and got down at Majnu ka Tilla about 4.30 am. In the bus, she befriended a girl who was also coming to the Tibetan colony. Both of them reached the colony, but Prewila was not able to locate her guest house,” said the officer.
Prewila left her luggage at the reception of the girl’s guest house and went to locate her own guest house, said a police officer. “At 5 am, she was searching the lanes of Tibetan colony. After about 20 minutes, she noticed two men following her. They attacked her. Initially they threatened her, but as she fought back, they slapped her and beat her up,” the officer added.
Prewila started screaming for help and the robbers fled, said the officer. After some minutes, people came to her aid and she was taken to the hospital, from where a call was made to Timarpur police station.
Police arrested the two accused, Robin (22) and Saurabh (23), from Majnu ka Tilla area Tuesday and recovered the victim’s belongings. “The accused had spent Rs 1,500 of the money and consumed liquor. They burnt her bag to destroy the evidence. They are in Tihar jail in judicial custody,” said a police officer.
A case has been registered against the accused under sections 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC at Timarpur police station.
DCP (North) Madhur Verma said, “We assisted the victim with legal procedures to get back her belongings and also informed the French Embassy.”