Woman shot at while trying to stop chain snatching bid

She attacked snatchers in Vivek Vihar,took a bullet wound when she tried to pull the pillion rider off bike

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:July 30, 2013 2:56 am

A 25-year-old woman was shot at allegedly by two bike-borne assailants after she tried to stop them from snatching a neighbour’s chain in East Delhi’s Vivek Vihar area on Monday morning.

Police said Komal Malhotra was cleaning her house when she saw two bikers trying to snatch a chain from her neighbour.

She immediately went to help her neighbour and hit one of the bikers with a broom that she was carrying.

When she tried to pull the pillion rider off the bike,he whipped out a pistol and shot at her from close range.

Komal was rushed to Deepak Memorial hospital and stable now,police said.

Speaking to Newsline,Komal’s relative said,“Komal’s neighbour was returning home after dropping her child to the bus stop,when the incident took place. The woman started shouting for help and Komal rushed for help her. She was shot at while she was trying to stop the biker and pull him off the bike. The bullet first grazed her hand,damaging her little finger. It then hit her and got stuck in the cavity of her diaphragm. She has been admitted for a surgery.”

The neighbour said the bikers,who were wearing helmets,opened fire as they were scared of getting caught.

According to police officers,rickshaw drivers in the area tried to note down the registration number of the bikers,but they missed out a few digits. They could not see the rider as he was wearing a helmet.

Police have registered a case and are questioning residents of the area. No CCTV footage from the area is available. Investigation is underway,police said.

Komal has undergone a finger re-construction surgery and is admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

A relative said,“Komal finished her BA (Honours) in

English from Hansraj College and then completed her Masters in English from Himachal University. We were planning to get her her married and were searching for a groom. Now she is admitted in the hospital for surgery. We want the assailants to be arrested and given the harshest punishment.”

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