The man accused of shooting dead DU student Radhika Tanwar has been arrested in Mumbai. Vijay alias Ram Singh — Delhi’s most wanted man for the last 72 hours — was being searched by over 1,500 officers. He was finally tracked down in Mumbai and taken into custody by a Delhi Police team on Friday night.
The three-member team was flown to Mumbai on the first available flight after investigations revealed that Vijay was hiding in the Vikhroli slums in the northeast suburbs.
“We did not want to waste any time,” said Delhi Police chief BK Gupta. The team spent several hours in a 10-km radius around the slums after reaching Mumbai, to get Vijay’s coordinates. He was trapped when he was on his way to his room after dinner. Police said Vijay had worked earlier in Mumbai. He had stayed in Vikhroli, so he knew his way around.
The lead to Vijay’s location was given by his two friends, Ashraf and Tabrez, who told investigators that he had taken a train to Mumbai from Gurgaon. Singh bought a country-made .315-bore pistol for R1,500 a day before he killed Tanwar dead. His motive: she snubbed him when he tried to talk to her outside her college.
Vijay, during the interrogation, revealed that he 'admired' Radhika a lot and wanted to befriend her. "He even followed her daily in an autorickshaw while she went to Ram Lal Anand College by bus," Gupta said.
Vijay came to Delhi in 2005. He worked as tailor at different places but mainly remained at and around Naraina Vihar. Some time in 2007, he saw the victim and became obsessed with her. He used to keep an eye on her movements and at times even wait in her way. Because of this he was beaten up twice.
Gupta on Saturday claimed that Vijay was suffering from psychotic obsession and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).