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Three robbed at knife-point in NE Delhi, cops file 'theft' FIR

Three robbed at knife-point in NE Delhi, cops file theft FIR

New Delhi: When Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh asked Delhi Police to mend its ways and change its attitude with the general public, the Delhi police started serving tea to complainants at police stations in an image building effort. However, the image again received a serious dent as allegations of diluting cases has cropped up where Delhi Police is alleged to have converted an armed robbery into simple 'Theft'.

The incident happened on December 12 when three men on scooty robbed three including a juvenile at Shastri Park Red light at knifepoint at around 6:30 am.

One of the victims was allegedly stabbed too. However, the police registered a case of 'theft' when one of the complainants approached police and narrated his ordeal. Delhi Police on Wednesday ordered an ACP level inquiry into the incident and the registration of FIR into lighter sections.

Sixteen-year-old boy Minhaal Zaidi who came from Muzaffarnagar to see his ailing aunt in a Delhi hospital was spotted by three men on a scooty as he got down from a bus at Shastri Park red light in North East Delhi. "I ran for half a kilometre as the robbers chased me. I got down to a basti beside the road. They caught me soon in the presence of people and looted me at knifepoint. They ejected my SIM card and handed it over to me and took away the phone. Nobody intervened when I was robbed in full public view,' Minhaal said.

After robbing the boy, they turned on a robbing spree. The trio then robbed two men on bicycles one after the other on the same stretch. When the three victims realised that they are now even in numbers with the robbers, they tried to confront them.

In the scuffle, the last victim on a bicycle was stabbed by the robbers with a knife before they fled. However, when the complainant Minhaal visited the New Usmanpur Police station and narrated the ordeal of the armed loot, the cops registered a case under section 379 ( Theft) and not robbery.

"We have ordered an ACP level inquiry into the matter. Relevant sections under the law would be added and appropriate action would be taken," said Assitant PRO Anil Mittal.

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