German tourist robbed, stabbed by two men in Delhi; suspects identified, say police
A 19-year-old German tourist was stabbed and robbed by two men near Kashmere Gate in north Delhi on Friday, police said today.
The victim was left injured after being robbed of his belongings, including cash in Indian currency by assailants. The suspects have been identified, the police said.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has asked for a report on the attack.
"I have asked for a report on the attack on German national in Delhi. I have asked Delhi Government to provide him best medical treatment," she tweeted on Saturday.
The attack took place on Friday around 11.30 p.m. when Benjamin Scolt, on a tourist visa to India, hired an e-rickshaw from the New Delhi Railway Station for a visit to the fort, Deputy Commissioner of Police Jatin Narwal was quoted as saying by IANS.
Narwal, citing Scolt, said a man, other than the driver, was already sitting in the rickshaw, when he ordered it.
It was likely that the man was known to the rickshaw driver, the police officer said.
After Scolt boarded the vehicle it was taken to an isolated place behind the Red Fort, he said.
The two men then asked him to handover his belongings, said Narwal.
He might have resisted and they pulled out a knife and threatened him, he said.
"He refused and they attacked him with the weapon and left him injured after taking away his bag and the cash he was carrying," Narwal added.
Scolt, Narwal said, cried for help as a police patrol van passed by.
The tourist was taken to the nearby Dr Hedgewar Hospital and the German Embassy was informed immediately, he said.
A police officer, who is part of the investigation team and refused to be named, said the two suspects were identified after police questioned at least 25 e-rickshaw drivers in the area.
"The search is on. We should be able to arrest them soon," the officer said.
Delhi is one of the most unsafe places for foreigners in the country and accounts for more than 40 per cent of the total crimes against foreign nationals, according to National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) for 2015. 147 cases of heinous crimes against foreigners were registered in the national capital while the national total was 365.