A 20-year-old aerobics teacher was waylaid by her alleged stalker, forced to drive for three kilometers to a place 'suitable for conversation' and then shot when she refused to accept his marriage proposal, in outer Delhi's Rohini on Wednesday morning.
"The incident was reported from Rohini's sector 3 at 11:30 am. Arun Kumar Mishra, 22, the accused, was apprehended almost immediately. The victim was rushed to the nearby Jaipur Golden Hospital," said Chhaya Sharma, deputy commissioner of police (outer).
Police said Mishra waylaid the victim, who works as a freelance aerobics instructor, at the Peeragarhi Chowk bus stand, when she was en route one of her clients' homes in Rohini.
"She had stopped at the Peeragarhi signal when Mishra, who seems to have been trailing her, walked up to her scooty and asked her to drive," said a senior police officer investigating the incident.
Mishra then made her drive them to a spot opposite the Jaipur Golden Hospital, where they halted and the conversation reportedly got out of hand, police said.
"They were metres away from the hospital when their conversation took an ugly turn. Immediately, eyewitnesses claim, Mishra pulled out a country-made pistol and shot the victim in the back," DCP Sharma said.
It was later discovered that the victim had been shot across her spinal chord.
Doctors at the Jaipur Golden Hospital said although she could give her statement to the police, she could be paralysed due to the location of the gunshot.
An economics graduate from Panipat, Mishra had first met the victim two years ago while working for a BPO firm in Gurgaon.
"In 2008, one of her colleagues, who was in a relationship with Arun, made them meet up in the hope that he would leave her and fall for my sister," said Sneha, 18, the victim's younger sister.
"(Later)... he started harassing her on the phone," she added. Police said the victim's family had lodged a complaint regarding harassment in September this year.
"We have arrested him for attempt to murder and relevant sections of the Arms Act. Two country-made pistols and seven live rounds were recovered from him," Sharma added.