October 21, 2020

Spurned, youth pulls the trigger

Patna: A young man shot at and critically injured a girl who had spurned his advances and her mother at their residence in Daud Bigha under the Agamkuan police station area on Friday morning.

The girl was at home with her mother, two brothers and an elder sister. Her house is located near Nalanda Medical College.

The alleged assailant, Sanjeev Kumar, a resident of the Kurji area under the jurisdiction of Patliputra police station, is said to be the Facebook friend of the 20-year-old girl, Riya.

Police sources said Sanjeev was pressuring the girl, a student of the College of Commerce, Arts and Science (Rajendra Nagar), for the past six months to marry him.

The girl, however, was avoiding Sanjeev.

She had told him that she cannot get married as she is yet to complete her studies and her elder sister is yet to get married.

According to sources in the police and the girl’s family, Sanjeev reached Riya’s house on Friday morning and once again proposed to the girl in front of her mother, Anita Devi.

Sanjeev, the sources said, had a heated argument with Riya and her mother.

When Riya spurned him once again, the youth pulled out a pistol and shot at the girl and her mother.

The girl suffered bullet injuries on her shoulder while her mother received bullet injuries to her hip.

After shooting at the girl and her mother, the youth left the spot along with his friend who was waiting outside the house on a bike.

Vinay Kumar, a resident of the area, said: “It was between 6.30 and 7am when we heard multiple bullet shots. On asking, we came to know that a firing had occurred at the house in the area.

“The girl’s father, Venu Prasad, is a railways employee and is posted at Ara Junction. The woman lives here with her two daughters and two sons,” Vinay added.

The brazen attack left residents of the area shocked. Most people said such an incident has never happened in the area earlier.

Many residents also said that the early morning incident has exposed that criminals have no fear of police and people are not safe even in their homes.

Ashok Pandey, the station house officer of Agamkuan police station, said: “The mother and daughter’s condition are stable and they are undergoing treatment at Rajeshwar Hospital at Rajendra Nagar. Based on information provided by the family members, police are conducting raids to nab the assailant.”

City-based clinical psychologist Binda Singh said the attacker was mentally unstable.

“The incident shows that the youth was obsessed,” Singh explained. “He was suffering from a mental disorder known as obsessive compulsive disorder and such a person can do anything in a fit of rage.”

Singh said that family background and upbringing too play a big role behind youths committing such brazen crimes.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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