12-hr hostage cri­sis: Gun­man slashes model, stabs MP cop

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - FRONT PAGE -

Bhopal: “Ma, Ro­hit has got into the house!” This scream from a ter­ri­fied MTech grad­u­ate and as­pir­ing model early Satur­day morn­ing kicked off what went on to be a 12-hour hostage drama that Bhopal’s res­i­dents had only seen on TV.

Acrazed youth, armed with a desi pis­tol, knife and a pair of scis­sors, al­legedly stabbed the girl and then locked the two of them in her bed­room. As she lay bleed­ing for hours, Ro­hit Singh aka Re­gal en­gaged in video chats with re­porters and po­lice, went live on Face­book with grisly im­ages of the in­jured girl, de­mand­ing that they be “shared max­i­mum”, and had po­lice danc­ing to his tunes. He also in­flicted in­juries on a cop who tried to push his way into the house.

Like a script from Bol­ly­wood, the in­dus­try he claims to work for, Ro­hit dragged the drama for as long as he wanted be­fore turn­ing him­self in a lit­tle af­ter 7pm. All day, he had been ges­tur­ing to me­di­a­per­sons and cops in­di­cat­ing that he would end it at 7pm.

The girl was res­cued and hos­pi­talised and is said to be sta­ble. In her state­ment to po­lice, she said Ro­hit had threat­ened her at gun­point and with a knife. “I had no op­tion but to agree to marry him. But I don’t want to,” she said. But SP R K Lodha claimed, “They are in love and want to marry. There is noth­ing wrong. But the process he used is wrong.”

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