Stalker holds Bhopal model hostage for 12 hrs

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - FRONT PAGE - Sudeept Mishra & Yo­gesh Te­jwani

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

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