A 25-year-old woman was stabbed to death while resisting a chain-snatching bid in northwest Delhi's Adarsh Nagar area, police said on Sunday.
A senior police officer said the woman, Simran Kaur, was returning home from the market along with her two-year-old daughter and mother when the incident occurred around 9.30 pm on Saturday.
Police said they have apprehended two persons in connection with the incident.
The incident took place hardly 20 metres from the victim's house.
There is a police post around 100 metres from the spot.
The accused stabbed the victim and fled, police said, adding that she was taken to a hospital where she was declared brought dead.
A CCTV footage of the incident went viral on social media.
In the video, the two women can be seen walking when a man chases them and tries to snatch the victim's chain from behind.
Simran chases the man following which he falls on the road. Thereafter, he stands up, stabs her and flees from the spot.
A case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered at the Adarsh Nagar police station and an investigation is underway to nab the accused, police said.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northwest) Usha Rangnani said, "We have formed 10 teams and are very close to working out this incident."
Police have apprehended two persons in connection with the incident on the charges of murder.
The weapon of offence has also been recovered from their possession, the officer said, adding that they are verifying their age whether they are minor or adults.
Simran's aunt said she had gone to the market to buy medicines for her daughter.
"She was wearing a chain and holding her daughter. The accused was chasing them and tried to snatch the chain but Simran caught hold of it and did not lose her grip.
"When she resisted, the accused fell on the road. When she turned towards him, the accused stabbed her twice and fled the spot.
"We got to know that the accused was with his accomplice who took him on a scooter and fled from the spot," her aunt said.
Amit Mehra, Simran's neighbour, said he took her to hospital in his car.
"When the incident occurred, the guard followed the accused, but he escaped along with his accomplice who was waiting for him on a scooter.
"I took her to MD City hospital at Model Town in my car. They referred her to Fortis hospital where she was declared brought dead," Mehra said.
Simran had come to Delhi to meet her sister
The deceased had came to the national capital only last week to meet her elder sister who was visiting from Canada.
Simran's aunt said that the 25-year-old had got married to Pramajeet, a Patiala-based businessman, three years ago and they had a two-year-old daughter together.
"Simran came to Delhi last week to meet her elder sister, Pooja, who lives in Canada. Her in-laws live in Patiala and she came with her parents to Delhi. She was on her way to buy medicine when the incident occurred," her aunt said.
Simran also has a younger brother, Manpreet, and her father runs a photo studio along with him near their residence.
Anil Jindal, Simran's neighbour, said three years ago, an incident of snatching took place at the same spot where Simran was stabbed.
"Three years ago, the snatchers took the chain of a woman while she was taking out some stuff from her car. The snatchers escaped with the chain and luckily did not harm the woman that time.
"The incident had happened at the same place where Simran was stabbed," Jindal said.
Gurvinder Singh, a local resident, said crime in the area is increasing day by day.
"Crime in our area has become routine. Thieves are highly active here. They snatch gold chains, mobiles and other valuables. Incidents of battery theft are also increasing in the locality. I locked the battery of my car with a chain, despite that it was stolen by thieves," Gurvinder said.