A 26-year-old visually impaired MPhil student of Delhi University was robbed and beaten up by three men in northwest Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar area, said police. The student, Shakir Hussain, managed to catch one of them and handed him over to police.
Police said the incident took place Friday night. Hussain, who lives in Mansarovar Hostel in North Campus, had gone to withdraw money from an ATM kiosk behind GTB Nagar Metro station when three men on a motorcycle snatched his phone. “I chased the trio and managed to grab the pillion rider. The other men also fell off the bike but they managed to escape,” he said.
Hussain claimed the snatcher kept beating him up but he refused to let go. “People who gathered around first thought I was the criminal as the man was beating me. After I told them what had happened, an onlooker called police,” he said.
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Police arrested the alleged snatcher, identified as Vijay Gupta. DCP (northwest) Vijay Singh said, “We have registered a case of robbery and causing hurt against the trio. A search is on to nab the two other accused.”
Singh also said police will reward Hussain for his “quick thinking” and presence of mind in catching the suspect. Hussain said he has been suffering from cataract since birth.
Hussain said he tried to counsel Gupta when he went to the police station to file his complaint. He said Gupta felt “guilty” and assured him he would bring back his phone. “When I asked him why he tried to steal my phone, he said he had no money. He told me this was the first time he had stolen something and would not do so again,” Hussain added.
He said he had bought the phone for Rs 15,000 four months ago. “My phone is very important to me. I record all my lectures on it,” said Hussain.