A 35-year-old woman and her husband died after being stabbed by their neighbour, following a scuffle over a minor issue in West Delhi's Khayala on Wednesday. The accused attacked the couple and their 18-year-old son in presence of locals, who recorded the incident on their mobiles phones but offered no help.
According to the police, the woman died on the spot, while the husband succumbed to his injuries after he was admitted to Guru Gobind Singh Hospital in Khyala. Their son also sustained multiples injuries and is in critical condition, CNN-News18 reported.
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"The accused, identified as Mohammad Azad, in his 40s, stabbed the family multiple times and fled from the spot," a senior police officer said.
"The deceased have been identified as Sunita and Viru (41) and the injured son as Akash. At 7.30 pm, a quarrel broke out between Sunita and Azad in their locality over some minor issue while she was returning from market," the police said, according to PTI.
Sunita informed her husband and son about the argument. Akash then rushed to Azad’s house and allegedly started abusing him for getting into an argument with his mother, the police said citing locals.
Later on, Viru arrived at the spot to rescue his son, who was stabbed by Azad. When the couple tried to help out their son, they were stabbed multiple times as well, The Quint reported.
According to The Hindu, a senior officer said that the argument between Sunita and Azad started after a water bottle of Sunita’s daughter had fallen from the terrace and hit the accused, four days ago.
The issue had been later resolved by the neighbours. However, Azad interrupted Sunita while she was on her way back home from the market on Wednesday evening and argued over the same issue.
The three victims were rushed to Guru Gobind Singh Hospital in Khyala where Sunita was pronounced dead immediately and Viru breathed his last soon after, while Akash is under critical condition.
Sunita's eight-year-old girl was inside the house during the incident.
"The family was residing on rent at a DDA colony in Khyala and the accused was their neighbour," the police said.
"A case has been registered and an investigation is underway," the police officer said, adding that Delhi Police hs formed teams to nab the accused, who is still absconding.
With inputs from PTI