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Police release sketch of suspect, question friends

If Delhi Police is to be believed then 20-year-old Radhika Tanwar’s killer had been stalking her for the last two-years.
Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2011 11:49 PM IST

If Delhi Police is to be believed then 20-year-old Radhika Tanwar’s killer had been stalking her for the last two-years.

Even though her family has denied it, the police claimed that they allegedly thrashed the killer two years back for stalking Radhika. “He used to stalk her and follow her around in Naraina village. It was then that her family took him to task. After that he used to follow her around her college in South Campus,” said a senior police officer on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

The police said Radhika told one of her friends that someone was stalking her. She had reportedly told Aditya alias Kuldeep that someone was troubling her and she was tense about it. A similar incident took place with her two years ago.

The police have also picked Sanjay Sharma one of her friends for questioning. While her women friends whose names have been kept under wraps are too scared and as of till now are not cooperating with the police.

Though the police have all these information they have no clue about the name and the whereabouts of the killer. The police on Wednesday released a sketch of the suspected assailant who on Tuesday shot her in the back at point blank range while she was getting down the pedestrian bridge in Satya Niketan. She was on her way to Ram Lal Anand College.

“There was only one assailant. It appears that somebody who is obsessed with her was behind the murder,” HGS Dhaliwal, deputy commissioner of police (south), said.

Dhaliwal also said: “A lot of people witnessed the incident. Everybody denied that they saw it. We have not come across anybody who said they have seen it. It is not possible.”

There was also delay in taking the victim to a hospital, he further said.

Police is analysing the 2,500 SMSes that were found in her mobile phone. “Her call details suggest that she had long conversations with three friends at least,” added an officer.

With the help of three persons they have prepared the sketch of the suspect. The killer is around five feet five inches tall with a wheatish complexion.

“We are on the killer’s trail. It is a planned murder. The suspect knew her very well,” Dhaliwal said, adding, “the killer used a .315 bore countrymade pistol to kill her.

The police are questioning Radhika’s close friends as they suspect that they know more than they have till now told them. The police are constantly questioning two of her friends Pankaj and Aditya.

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