New Delhi, Feb 26 (PTI) A 25-year-old man was stabbed to death while his wife was injured when the couple tried to catch pickpockets near Pragati Maidan here, police said today. Also Read - Liquor Likely to Become Costly in Delhi. Here's Why

The incident occurred on Sunday evening and three accused have been arrested, a senior police officer said. Also Read - 15 BJP Workers Admitted to Hospital After Being Attacked by TMC Leaders in East Midnapur | Updates

The deceased, identified as Amarjeet, was returning back to his home in outer Delhi’s Nilothi along with his family including wife Manju. Also Read - Nirbhaya Case 16 December: 8th Anniversary, Nothing Has Changed As 'India's Daughters' Are Still Fighting For Justice

They boarded a bus and the mobile phone of the deceased was taken out by a pick pocket as it reached near Pragati Maidan.

Police said Amarjeet and his wife Manju followed the pickpocket. They managed to catch two of the four pickpockets who had boarded the bus.

The pickpockets tried to escape by knifing the couple who had caught hold of them. Amarjeet was stabbed in the chest while his wife was slashed in the arm, police said.

A crowd gathered as people saw the couple struggling with the pickpockets. Police also reached there and two pickpockets were caught, said the officer.

Injured Amarjeet and his wife were rushed to RML hospital where he succumbed to his wounds early this morning, the officer said. Manju was said to be out of danger.

The duo arrested were identified as Suraj, 20, and Sumit, 25, while their associate Ajit , 24, was later caught from Shahdara. Efforts were being made to nab the fourth accused.

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