March 8, 2011 11:39:11 am
A second-year degree student was shot dead by an unidentified person near her college in south Delhi in broad daylight today with police suspecting that a stalker was behind the incident.
Radhika Tanwar,21,was attacked by an unidentified man near a foot overbridge outside Ramlal Anand College in Dhaula Kuan’s Shantiniketan area around 10:20 am,a senior official said. The victim stayed in Naraina Village.
The incident has caused outrage in the city,which was celebrating International Women’s Day,and again raised questions over the law and order situation in the capital.
Angry over the murder,a large number of students in Delhi University south campus staged a protest demonstration against the lack of security for students and blocked the Ring Road. Some locals also joined the protest.
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“A man came from behind and opened fire at her. A bullet hit her stomach. The attacker managed to flee the scene soon after the incident,” a senior police official said.
Passersby took the girl in an autorickshaw to the Safdurjung hospital where she was pronounced dead,the official said.
The incident evoked strong reactions from MPs,including RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav,who condemned the incident.
Congress MP from West Delhi Mahabal Mishra pointed fingers at the Union Home Ministry saying it was directly responsible for the incident as Delhi Police,which has to ensure safety of the people of the city,comes under it.
NCW Chairperson Girija Vyas and CPI(M) Politburo member Brinda Karat termed the incident as “very sad” and wondered why such incidents recur. “I condemn the incident. Why do such incidents recur?” Vyas said.
Karat said,”It is a very sad incident. The incident took place when we are talking about women empowerment and celebrating Women’s Day.”
The motive behind the incident is being investigated,the police official said,adding that they suspect the hand of a “stalker” in the murder.
“We are investigating all angles. It could be a case of a stalker committing the murder. But we cannot say anything now as the investigations are at the initial stages,” the official said.
The girl’s family said she left home for college around 9 am. “She did not tell us she was facing problems from somebody. We don’t know anything and we don’t suspect anybody as of now,” Vipin,the girl’s brother,said.
Radhika’s father Rajender Singh said: “I have no clue what’s happening. I don’t know who could have done this to my daughter. She had no enmity with anyone.”
H G S Dhaliwal,Deputy Commissioner of Police (South),said,”it appears that the girl was specifically targeted with an intention to kill her. There was no attempt to snatch her money or purse.”
Condemning the killing of the college student in the Capital,a Congress MP from Delhi said on Tuesday that the Union Home Ministry is “directly responsible” for the incident as the Delhi Police,which has to ensure safety of the people,comes under it.
Terming the incident as “shameful”,West Delhi MP Mahabal Mishra said it reflects the “total failure” of law and order for which Delhi Police and Home Ministry are “directly responsible.”
Asked whether Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was not responsible for the incident,he said the chief minister cannot be held responsible as maintaining law and order comes under the Union Home Ministry.
When pointed out that senior Congress leader P Chidambaram is heading the Home Ministry,the party MP said,”whoever it is,the Home Ministry is responsible” (for the incident).
Demanding strong action against the culprits,the MP said steps should be taken to ensure the safety of women in the city.
Meanwhile,Rajya Sabha MP Kusum Rai (BJP) said Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit should immediately resign.
“Women are not safe in Delhi and today’s incident proves that,” Rai said.
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