In a horrific incident, a 27-year-old man attacked and repeatedly stabbed a student in broad daylight at Derlakatte in Mangaluru and later tried to take his own life with the same knife. According to the police, the accused, identified as 27-year-old Sushanth, was reportedly angry that the student, 21-year-old Shraddha (name changed), had rejected his advances. The brutal attack was caught on camera by onlookers from a building located near the crime spot.
On Friday, Shraddha was walking home from KSHEMA bus stand at Derlakatte when Sushanth approached and confronted her. An argument broke out between the two, onlookers stated. Then, without any warning, Sushanth pulled out a knife and attacked Shraddha, stabbing her multiple times. Sources say that she was stabbed 12 times. The video of the incident shows Shraddha lying on the road and Sushanth speaking to her animatedly, pointing at her and apparently admonishing her. He then stabs her with a knife again in the abdomen, even as Shraddha is heard screaming. When passersby shout out to Sushanth to give up his weapon, he is seen hurting himself and daring people to come closer.
An ambulance also passes by though it's currently unclear if the vehicle came for the victim or if it was going down the road.
In the 1 minute 20 second video shot by someone from a floor above, one can see a nurse, who gets down from an ambulance, leading two men in an attempt to approach Sushanth and try and calm him down. The person taking the video yells at the woman asking her to stay away, but she goes near Sushanth and speaks to him. He is then seen lying down on the victim, evidently giving up. The other bystanders then join in and try remove him.
Sushant, a resident of Shaktinagar, is a dancer and the two have known each other for three years since they attended the same dance class. However, the woman joined an MBA course in a private college in Karkala and started maintaining a distance from Sushanth. According to reports, a few days ago, Sushanth had visited her college and created a scene there and harassed her. A complaint was registered against him and this enraged him even further, which is believed to be his motive for attacking her.
Sushanth and Shraddha are currently undergoing treatment at a local hospital. A team of doctors performed a surgery on Sushanth and he is now out of danger. Shraddhaâ€™s condition is said to be serious.
City police Commissioner Sandeep Patil, ACP Rama Rao, Ullal Station House Officer Gopalkrishna visited the crime scene and a case has been registered at Ullal police station.
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