Student, 19, dies after being pulled from moving rickshaw by muggers on motorbikes who tried to snatch her phone | The SunOctober 30, 2023
A WOMAN has tragically died after being pulled from a moving rickshaw by muggers on motorbikes.
The incident took place on National Highway 9 near NCR Ghaziabad on Friday after the thugs chased the girl in an attempt to snatch her phone.
The deceased woman, Kirti Singh, was a first-year engineering student at a private university near Crossings Republik.
On Friday afternoon, The 19-year-old hailed an auto rickshaw from outside college when two men on a motorcycle started to chase the auto.
After catching up, the robbers tried to grab Kirti's phone in an attempt to snatch it away.
The woman, who did not give up on her phone, eventually fell out of the moving auto after the intense tug of war – seriously injuring her head.
A friend of Kirti rushed her to a medical college nearby, where she was referred to Yashodha Hospital in Ghaziabad.
Doctors found a severe blood clot inside the victim's head and performed surgery immediately.
She was then transferred to the intensive care unit, where she succumbed to her painful injuries late Sunday evening.
Dr Sangeeta Garg, chief medical superintendent of the hospital, said: "She had suffered severe head injuries and a brain haemorrhage.
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"Despite our best efforts, we could not save the young woman's life sadly."
Soon after the incident, Kirti's family sought legal action and registered a complaint against the muggers.
The police teams later spotted two men on a motorcycle who fired several rounds of bullets on seeing the cops.
In retaliation, the police fired and arrested one of them, identified as Balbir Kumar.
The other suspect, identified as Jitendra Kumar, managed to flee the scene.
A phone was recovered from Kumar as he tried to escape – and was later confirmed to be the one they snatched from Kirti.
In a public statement, Vivek Chandra Yadav, deputy commissioner of police said: "We arrested one of the two suspects on Saturday after a shootout and are searching for the second suspect.
"We have also suspended the station house officer of the Masuri police station due to laxity in supervision."
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