A senior official of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) was stabbed when he attempted to nab a mobile phone snatcher near Charminar on Sunday afternoon. The condition of the official, R.K. Satpathi is stated to be improving at Apollo Hospital near DRDO campus in Kanchan Bagh here.

Mr. Satpathi, Director of Regional Centre for Military Airworthiness in Koraput came to Hyderabad to attend a three-day seminar and went for sightseeting at Charminar on Sunday morning along with 15 of his colleagues.

A juvenile snatched the mobile phone of one of the group members near Nizamia Unani General Hospital. Mr. Satpathi along with a few passersby chased the boy and one Shahrukh, a local youth caught the alleged thief and handed him over to Mr. Satpathi. “Mr. Satpathi held the boy and was walking towards the police station when the juvenile whipped out a blade and attacked him. As Satpathi let go of the boy, he fled” DCP (South) Sarvashresth Tripathi said.

The injured official was rushed to Osmania General Hospital.