The Gurgaon Police on Friday arrested an army sepoy for allegedly shooting and grievously injuring a 24-year-old woman at Bilaspur chowk on Thursday.
The accused has been identified as 26-year-old Manjit Singh, who was posted in the 633 EME Battalion at the Hisar Cantonment.
Singh allegedly shot Deepika thrice, in the head and in the neck, while she was waiting at a bus stop on Thursday morning. She is currently in critical condition at the Max hospital in Gurgaon.
Police reportedly identified the accused on Thursday evening and a special team nabbed him from Rewari on Friday.
The accused will be produced in the city court on Saturday.
“We will take the accused on police remand to recover the pistol and bike that he used in the crime,” said investigating officer Dilbagh Singh.
The accused allegedly told police that he shot Deepika, a private school teacher, as she had refused to continue their relationship after he got married.
Police said the accused started planning the attack nearly a month ago, when he illegally purchased a pistol from a place near Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh.
Refuting claims of a ‘relationship’ between Deepika and the accused, her family claimed that he had been harassing her via phone calls.
“She informed police about the harassment a day before the attack. She had been getting harassing and objectionable calls from a particular number. She was asked to file a written complaint by the police. The next morning, she was shot,” said a family member.
Incidentally, Gurgaon traffic police, with the help of road safety officers, had created a ‘green corridor’ from Rockland hospital, where she was initially taken, to Max hospital, making it possible for a convoy of ambulances to cover the 21-km distance in only 18 minutes.
Meanwhile, Bilaspur police have lodged an FIR under Section 307 (murder attempt) of the Indian Penal Code, and the Arms Act.