Manipuri youth Khupsiangen was returning to his Paryavaran Complex home in south Delhi's Mehrauli area from a church nearby when he was attacked around 3.30 a.m., barely 500 metres from his home.
"This is a case of robbery and the attack was not racially motivated," Delhi Police Deputy Commissioner B.S. Jaiswal told IANS.
"Four juveniles have been apprehended in the case and the mobile phone robbed from the victim has been recovered. We are still looking for one more person," said Jaiswal.
The attack was the third incident related to people from the northeast in a fortnight. Nido Tania, a student from Arunachal Pradesh, died Jan 30 after he was attacked a day earlier over his appearance. On Sunday, two youths from Manipur were beaten up by a group of motorbike riders.
Khupsiangen was assaulted and robbed of his mobile phone and wallet by five miscreants at knife point. He sustained a one-cm deep and two-cm wide knife wound in his abdomen, Jaiswal said.
Khupsiangen somehow managed to reach his flat after the incident where the building's guard Prem found him bleeding and informed his room partner over phone.
"Khupsiangen's room partner along with some of his other associates admitted the victim to Saket City hospital," said Jaiswal.