A 39-year-old primary school teacher was stabbed in Sanjay Lake in East Delhi’s Pandav Nagar area on Thursday evening. According to police, Anil Patel was talking on the phone in the lake area on Wednesday afternoon when he was attacked.
Police said Patel is a teacher in a corporation-run school in Shashi Garden. “Sanjay Lake is just across the road from the school where he taught. On Wednesday afternoon, he went to the lake area to read the newspaper,” said a police officer.
He added, “Patel was talking over the phone when some juveniles tried to steal his phone. When he resisted, they stabbed him in the stomach.”
A PCR call was made by the security guard of the area. Police reached the spot and rushed Patel to Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital. His condition is stable, said police.
A case has been registered at Pandav Nagar police station under Section 397 (robbery or dacoity, with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt) of the IPC.
Police said incidents of robbery in the lake area had been reported in the past, and they had identified those behind them.
“Crimes committed by teenagers have increased in Sanjay Lake area. We are investigating the present case. Those behind the attack will be apprehended soon,” said DCP (East) B S Gujjar.
Patel’s brother-in-law Anurag said, “The assailants robbed Patel of his mobile phone and some money. However, we have not been able to talk to him about the incident in detail as he is still in the ICU.”
Anurag said Patel has been teaching in the school for the past eight years. Patel hails from Allahabad and has been living in Delhi since 1998. He is married and has two children.