Stalker holds Bhopal model hostage for 12 hrs
Bhopal: “Ma, Rohit has got into the house!” This scream, from a terrified MTech graduate and upcoming model, early Friday morning was the start of a 12-hour hostage crisis in the capital of MP.
A crazed youth — armed with a country pistol, knife and scissors — allegedly stabbed the young woman and then locked her and himself in her bedroom. As she lay bleeding for hours, Rohit Singh, aka Regal, indulged in video chats with reporters and police, went live on Facebook with images of the injured hostage, demanding they be “shared maximum”, and kept police dancing to his music.
Like a script out of Bollywood — the industry he cla- ims to work for — he played his moves and dragged out the crisis , giving himself up a little after 7pm.
All day, he had been gesturing to mediapersons and cops with seven fingers, indicating he would end it at 7pm.
The model was rescued and admitted to hospital where her condition is stable. She gave a statement to police, saying she was threatened at gunpoint and with a knife. “I had no option but to agree to marry him. But I don’t want to,” she told police.
SP-south Rahul Kumar Lodha told reporters: “They are in love and want to marry. There’s nothing wrong in that. They are adults. But the process he (Rohit) used is wrong.” This was after the girl had been rescued and he didn’t have to play-act to Rohit as earlier. When stunned reporters asked him the same question repeatedly, he reiterated the two “are in love”.
The high-voltage hostage crisis began at 6.30am, when Rohit entered the posh Fortune Divine City Colony in Misrod. He signed the visitor’s register. How he ended up in the house is still a mystery. After Vibha’s terrified parents and neighbours called the police at 7am, two patrol vans responded, SHO Misrod Sanjeev Chouksey said. By then Rohit had locked himself in and started calling local reporters for “media coverage”.
After 12 hours of negotiating, police took the duo to hospital and registered two cases against Rohit. For the full report, log on to www.timesofindia.com
The stalker holds up 7 fingers, indicating that he and the hostage would come out at 7pm