It what appears to be a case of road-rage, three call-centre employees assaulted two graduation students and stabbed one of them in the stomach following a minor accident in Naraina over the weekend. All the three accused have been arrested and slapped with an attempt to murder case.

The incident took place when Virender Verma, a second year graduation student from Palla village in North-West Delhi, was on his way home along with his friend Bittu in a Santro car around 10 p.m. on December 9.

“I had to attend the wedding of my friend Kuldeep’s brother Sandeep in Munirka. I along with Bittu attended the function, following which we were returning when a Maruti Esteem bearing a Haryana number overtook us on the Motibagh flyover and in that process, slightly grazed our vehicle. Three young men were travelling in that car,” said Virender in his complaint.

Bittu, also a student of graduation, then tried to overtake the Maruti Esteem on several occasions, but every time it blocked his way ahead. Following a half-an-hour cat-and-mouse chase, the accused finally forced the Santro to stop on Ring Road in Naraina. “They came out of their vehicle and one of them picked up a brick and hurled it at us smashing the windscreen of our car,” said the victim. The three then dragged the duo out and started beating them up.

One of them, later identified as Kesar, took out a pocket knife and allegedly stabbed Bittu in the stomach. Getting an opportunity, Virender -- who was chased by the assailants -- fled from the spot, called up the Police Control Room.

While Bittu somehow reached the Hindu Rao Hospital, a police team on being alerted reached the spot and arrested Kesar. Subsequently the other two accused were also arrested.

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