Held hostage on a fifth-floor flat in Misrod locality of Bhopal by a stalker, who claimed to be a jilted lover, a young woman was rescued after a 12-hour drama on Friday evening. Rohit Singh, who identified himself as a Mumbai-based actor, opened the door only after he was assured of the presence of journalists outside, and that the police would ensure his wedding with the victim.
“SP (superintendent of police) sir ne bol diya hai shaadi karayi jaeegi. Hum dono taiyyar hai (SP has assured that the marriage will be solemnised; we are ready),” Rahul said when he finally opened the door around 7.15 pm.
“Haan, taiyyar hoon par (abhi) doctor ke jarurat hai (yes, I am ready but I need to see the doctor first),’’ the woman, daughter of a retired BSNL officer, said before she was rushed to hospital.
Late evening, the police filed two separate FIRs against Rahul at Misrod Police Station for attempting to murder the woman as well as Sub Inspector Govind Rajput, whom he allegedly attacked with a pair of scissors when he tried to . Singh has also been booked for wrongful confinement, causing hurt to public servant and assault with criminal force, among other charges.
DIG (Bhopal) Dharmendra Chaudhary told The Indian Express that the woman told the police that they were friends once and she did not want to continue association with him.
Late evening, she recorded her statement before a magistrate, reportedly stating that she had agreed to marry Singh (today) under duress because he threatened her at gunpoint.
In one of the video chats Rohit had with TV channels through the day, the woman spoke with difficulty when he took the phone close to her. In his first video message, Rohit photographed blood in the room and accused the police of attacking them with sharp weapons.
ASP Dharmaveer Singh said when police reached the flat in the morning he attacked them with sharp weapons, causing severe injuries to one official. The ASP also claimed that Rahul had stabbed the woman.
The police said Rohit, who comes from Aligarh in UP, was carrying a countrymade weapon. He apparently went to the woman’s flat in the morning, and was let in. The police were informed around 7 am. The police tried to talk to him in the day but he chose to talk to TV journalists, and later insisted that he would speak only to the superintendent of police (SP).
The police used a hydraulic lift to reach the fifth-floor flat from outside and talk to Rohit, who spoke from behind the window grille.
SP Rahul Kumar Lodha, who interacted with Rohit, said their first priority was to ensure the woman’s safety. Lodha said the police told him that they will not act against him and ensure they get married to each other. “Humlog khud hi shaadi karvayenge. Media bhi khada hai, sab live chal raha hai.aaj hi shaadi kara denge (We will arrange the wedding. The media is here, everything is being reported live; we will get you two married today itself),” the SP pleaded with him from outside the flat.
“Arre beta, main bol diya hai bat khatma. Kucch nahi hoga,’’ (Son, I have told you nothing will happen. That’s it),’’ the SP ‘assured’ Rohit around 7 pm while waiting outside the flat.
In between, the police dangled a bucket from the rooftop and put essentials in it — a charger, cigarettes and water, among others. Rohit took them through the window.
Rohit’s Facebook profile describes him as a casting assistant director. On her Facebook profiel, the woman identified herself as a junior managing director at Film City, Mumbai. The two had reportedly met in Mumbai earlier.