Twenty seven-year-old Ashok Kumar, who tried to shoot and kill a woman who rejected his proposal of marriage, remained convinced she would marry him, said police. Kumar had, on Monday, shot at Tabasi Nandi, who escaped with minor injuries as the bullet hit the locket that she wore around her neck.
The incident took place around 8 pm, when Kumar confronted Nandi near Rapid Metro in Gurgaon’s Sector 55. Police sources said the duo had been in a relationship but things soured after she rejected his offer of marriage. Police said he pulled out a country-made pistol and fired at the 32-year-old. The bullet, however, hit her locket and fell to the ground. Nandi was taken to a private hospital in the city but was discharged after being administered first aid, sources added.
Kumar had tried to flee but was intercepted by bystanders who had gathered after hearing the gunshot, and handed him over to the police. Police said, during questioning, Kumar said he planned to murder Nandi and then kill himself.
The pistol used in the crime had been procured by Kumar from Allahabad. He had travelled to the city on September 8, solely for that purpose, and returned on September 9 with the weapon, said police.
According to police, Nandi and Kumar first met in January, when the former, who works in a company in Udyog Vihar, visited a electronics shop on MG Road, where the latter was a deputy store manager.
The two stayed in touch and eventually got into a relationship. However, Nandi – who hails from Calcutta and lives in a rented accommodation in Gurgaon’s Sector 56 – began suspecting Kumar was involved with another woman, said police. She later rejected his offers of marriage.
”A case has been registered regarding the incident under section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections 25, 54, and 59 of the Arms Act,” said Sub Inspector Babu Lal, the Investigating Officer (IO) in the case, adding, “Further investigations are being conducted.”