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Duo critically stab man

Two intruders stabbed a 32-year-old man at his Tamolia home in Chandil police station area on Jamshedpur outskirts when he tried to stop the duo from stealing at 2am on Tuesday.

Skilled construction worker Bholanath Mahto, who suffered deep cuts on his lower abdomen and left thigh, has been admitted to MGM hospital in Sakchi, Jamshedpur, where he is fighting for his life.

His wife Subhra and father Lakhinder, who tried to alert neighbours and relatives separately on two cellphones, said the intruders wrenched the handsets from them. Bholamath’s traumatised kin are in no position to say what else the intruders took.

Doctors on emergency duty at MGM said stab injuries near his lower abdomen are fatal in nature. “We have operated on the lower abdomen, but bleeding continues,” one of the doctors said while talking to The Telegraph. “The patient’s chances of survival are low.”

Sub-inspector Harish Chandra Gagrai, officer on duty at Kapali thana outpost, the police station closest to Bholanath’s home, confirmed the stabbing. “Though unidentified persons tried to kill Bholanath and have taken two cellphones from his house, it does not seem the attackers came with the intention to steal,” Gagrai, who visited the site of crime, said.

Gagrai said the victim must have had “some personal enmity” with the men. “Our investigations are on. We had gone to record the victim’s statement but he is not in a condition to speak.”

Lakhinder, Bholanath’s elderly father and a farmer, said he woke up around 2pm due to commotion in Bholanath’s room where he stayed with his wife Shubhra and their two-year-old son.

“When I ran to the room, I saw that my son was writhing in pain and clutching his stomach from which blood gushed out. My daughter-in-law Subhra was screaming in fear.”

He added they had locked the compound wall gate, but the front room and interiors were open as they wanted to avoid the heat at night. The intruders must have scaled the boundary wall, he said.