On Women's Day, woman shot dead in Delhi
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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.
"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.
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