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She was silenced for not replying

Mallica Joshi, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 09, 2011
First Published: 00:42 IST(9/3/2011) | Last Updated: 00:45 IST(9/3/2011)

Radhika Tanwar, 20, is never going to know why her life was cut short so cruelly. Shot dead atop a pedestrian bridge when she was on her way to college — Ram Lal Anand — the girl did not even get a chance to see her killer as she was shot in the back.

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According to the police and some of her classmates, Radhika — a resident of Naraina Village — was shot by a stalker who had been following her for the past week or so.

"We came to know that a boy was troubling her for the past week and would follow her around. Radhika refused to talk to him. According to the two students who were with her when she was shot, it was the same boy who shot her," said Abdul Kalam, a student of BA Programme and Radhika's classmate.

"This shouldn't have happened to her. She had nothing against anyone," he added.

But the girl's family is not convinced by the claim.

"If someone had been troubling her, she would have told someone in her family. She would have told at least her mother or sister. She was a simple girl," said Rajinder Singh Tanwar, Radhika's father.

According to her family, Radhika left for college at 9am on Tuesday, like she usually did. "She used to take a bus to college and was accompanied by her classmate Aditya, who recognised the assailant as a student of their college and also gave him chase," Tanwar, who is a property dealer, added.

Radhika was an average student and was described as an introvert by her teachers.

"She was one of the few reserved girls in class. She never took part in interactions during class and was not very regular. But we never had any disciplinary complaints against her," said Shruti Anand, who taught Radhika Hindi during her second year in college.

Meanwhile, college authorities also expressed shock at the incident.

"It is really unfortunate but since it happened outside the college, we could not do anything to protect the girl," said Vijay Sharma, principal, Ram Lal Anand college.


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