A West Delhi family on Wednesday (16 January) was brutally stabbed by their neighbour over a petty scuffle. The couple was killed in the attack, in presence of many locals who gathered to record the incident on their phones.
The police arrested the accused (40-year-old Mohammad Azad), who allegedly attacked the couple and their son in west Delhi’s Khyala after a quarrel over a “trivial issue”. Police also recovered a knife allegedly used in the crime.
While 35-year-old Sunita died on the spot, her husband Veer Pal and son Aakash were battling for their lives after being stabbed multiple times in a neighbourhood located a few hundred metres from the Khyala police station. Police said Veer Pal, 41, succumbed to his injuries around 1.30am on Thursday. Aakash, 18, also died during treatment.
Videos of the attack, recorded by eyewitnesses, showed the alleged 43-year-old killer repeatedly stabbing Pal around 7pm on Wednesday. The video also showed a host of onlookers, mostly local residents and passersby, screaming in horror.
Now his (Azad) 20-year-old daughter has accused him of sexually abusing her for the past three years, police said.
The daughter was a minor when she was sexually abused because of which the man has been booked under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, said Monika Bhardwaj, deputy commissioner of police (west).
The man’s daughter and estranged wife made the revelation during questioning by the police. “The man’s daughter was afraid that he would kill her too. She was being violated for long, but had kept quiet because of his violent behaviour,” said the DCP.
The domestic violence allegedly inflicted by the man had reportedly forced his wife and two children to move away from him and live in another house.
Started with a petty fight four days ago
It all started with a petty squabble between Veeru’s wife Sunita and Azad four days ago, the police said. A bottle fell from Sunita’s balcony from her daughter’s hands. However, it hit Mohammad Azad standing on the road. He allegedly lost his temper and a quarrel ensued.
Wednesday’s attack was triggered by a confrontation between the suspect and Sunita while she was returning home after buying vegetables around 7 pm.
“The man began abusing my mother. She did not respond, but came home and told us about it. My brother Aakash went down to warn him. He had barely knocked a few times on the man’s door when he emerged with a big knife and stabbed Aakash,” said Khushboo (couple’s daughter).
Moments later, Aakash’s parents rushed to his defence, but they too were pinned to the ground and stabbed repeatedly.
The other neighbours filmed the horror, but nobody came forward to stop the dastardly act.
Mad with rage, Azad kept striking the victims with his knife. Amongst onlookers were small children, and the grown-ups were busy filming the incident, while nobody helped.
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