7-year in jail for robbing cell worth of Rs 1000!

New Delhi: Robbing a labourer of his mobile phone worth less than Rs 1000 proved costly for a youth who has been sentenced to seven year in jail by a Delhi court, which expressed concern over "rampant" incidents of migrant workers being "victimised".

The court also slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 on Mohammed Rafiq, who had robbed the labourer by threatening him with a blade near railway station.

"Incidents of robbery in Central Delhi specifically around railway stations are rampant. Poor migrant workers and hapless ladies are being victimised by miscreants repeatedly," Additional Sessions Judge Surinder S Rathi said.

The incident took place on January 16 this year at railway line near New Delhi Railway Station when the victim Naushad Ali's cell phone was snatched by the accused just after he alighted from the train.

According to the prosecution, Naushad was stopped by Rafiq who asked him to hand over all his belongings by threatening him with a sharp edged blade.

Rafiq snatched the victim's mobile phone and ran away. He was caught by policemen after Naushad raised an alarm.

Refusing to accept the submission of Rafiq that he was falsely implicated in the case, the court said that there was nothing on record to show that the victim had any personal grudge against him.

"Victim was a stranger to the accused and had alighted from a train shortly before the incident and was going to his work place when he was robbed," the judge said.