Hyderabad: A juvenile pickpocket who was on the run after attacking a senior DRDO official with a razor blade after he was caught while stealing a cellphone here yesterday has been apprehended, police said on Monday.
"The 16-year-old offender who was absconding since yesterday`s incident has been taken into custody," Deputy Commissioner of Police Sarvashresth Tripathi told PTI.
Three special teams had been formed to nab him, according to Inspector A Balaji.
The boy, who is a pickpocket and addicted to sniffing whitener, was recently arrested in a chain-snatching case and for quarrelling with another person. But being a juvenile he was given bail, police said.
RK Satpathy, Regional Director of a Koraput-based unit of DRDO, who suffered injuries below his chest in the attack, was out of danger, the police officer said, adding that Satpathy`s statement had been recorded.
The incident happened when Satpathy, with a group of 15 officials of the Defence Research and Development Organisation, had gone to the Charminar area here for sight-seeing and shopping.
The boy allegedly snatched a cellphone from the pocket of Satpathy`s colleague. He was immediately caught by some locals and handed over to Satpathy.
While the police were being informed, the boy took out a shaving blade, slashed Satpathy and fled.
Hussaini Alam police have booked a case of attempt to murder and other relevant offences.