For over eight hours, 30-year-old ice-cream seller Munna Singh sold ice-cream under the harsh sun, in South East Delhi’s Pul Prahladpur.
At the end of the day, in under a minute, he was robbed of his day’s earnings by three-bike borne men, who also stabbed him when he resisted, police said. “I spent over Rs 10,000 to get ice-cream from the distributor. For us it is tough work to sell them and get back our investment,” Singh told The Indian Express.
Police said they have registered a case under IPC sections 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery) and 34 (common intention), and are looking at local criminals who operate in the area. “We are looking at people accused in snatching incidents and examining CCTV footage along the area to try and get an image of the bike,” said a police officer.
The incident took place on Saturday when Singh was going home around 12.05 am. He lives with his wife and two children, aged three and one, in Jain Colony.
“I told them I didn’t have ice-cream but one of them started beating me. Before I could make sense of what was happening, one of them took out a knife and stabbed me in the chest. I lay there bleeding while the third man took Rs 8,000 from my wallet,” Singh said.
He made a PCR call and police arrived in five minutes to take him to a local hospital. As his condition worsened, he was taken to another private hospital. On Monday, he returned to sell ice-cream and borrowed some stock from a fellow vendor.
“I have to earn my money,” Singh said.