A 17-year-old was stabbed to death in broad daylight, while coming out of his college on Thursday morning. The victim has been identified as Sushil Kumar Verma, a resident of Bhandup.

At approximately 9.20am on Thursday, Verma was coming out of Smt Ramkali Sanmansingh Vidyamandir Junior College of Commerce and Science, where he was a student. At the gates of the college, on Sanmansingh Road in Bhandup, three people were waiting for him.

“The accused were wearing handkerchiefs on their faces. One of the suspects asked Sushil to come with him from the college entrance,” said an officer from Bhandup police station who is privy to the probe. Verma was taken around 100 metres away from the college gates and then stabbed. The murder took place on a busy road and was witnessed by other college students and bystanders. “Everything happened in a matter of few minutes. The boy fell on the ground and was taken to the hospital in an auto,” said a roadside stall owner who witnessed the murder.

Verma sustained two injuries on his chest and stomach. He was rushed to a government hospital in Mulund where he was declared dead on arrival.

Bhandup police say they have identified the suspects as teenagers who, like Verma, live in Bhandup. No arrests have been made so far and the police have registered a case under section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code.

Verma is survived by his parents, a sister and two brothers. His father works in Bhusawal, for Central Railways. “Sushil was his father’s favorite child. We had to tell him Sushil’s condition is serious and asked him to come to Mumbai as soon as possible. His mother is inconsolable,” said Sushil’s uncle Ramprasad Verma told HT.

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