New Delhi: A class IX boy was shot by snatchers while trying to catch them on Friday morning in northwest Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh. The 15-year-old boy was selling coconut water at his father’s stall as he was down with typhoid.
The incident happened when the boy, Rohit, was serving one of his customers, Praveen Kumar Jain, who was standing near his stall and drinking coconut water when the snatchers targeted him for his gold chain. Fortunately, they failed, but the snatchers tried to flee after the incident. It was then that the boy chased them and caught hold of one of them almost 50 metres ahead.
The incident took place in front of over 50 people in the market and still another snatcher managed to flee away. After the brawl, one of the snatchers, who had managed to get away, shot at the boy so he let go of his companion.
Speaking to TOI, Rohit said that it was his responsibility to hand over those men to the police to prevent them from repeating such incidents. “I knew that they could fire at me too but I looked at the positive side and started chasing them. A lot of people watched the entire incident but didn’t try to catch hold of them as they ran away,” said Rohit.
DCP (northwest) Aslam Khan received a PCR call by a passerby and the incident was thereby reported. Following which a team was sent to the spot, where they were told that the victim was taken to Max Hospital. Both Rohit and Jain were injured after the incident. While Rohit received a bullet injury, Jain got injured after falling on the snatcher’s bike.
Rohit’s father said, “He has always been brave but we fear for his safety.”
Rohit lives with his parents and two siblings in Mukundpur and is a student of Class IX.
The Police has registered the case and is trying to find the snatchers by the CCTV cameras installed in that area.
India needs more of Rohit and less of the crowd that was watching the entire incident from behind. Only if someone would have come up for help, he wouldn’t have to take the bullet and the snatchers would have been caught right at the spot.