21-year-old final year B.Com student, Nikita Tomar was shot dead on Monday in broad daylight by two men outside the Aggarwal College in Ballabgarh, Faridabad. The family of the Tomar had alleged that she was being forced to convert her religion and marry the accused.
It is alleged that the victim had filed a complaint of harassment and molestation against the accused Taufeeq last month. This horrifying incident is now trending number one on Twitter with the hashtag, #lovejihad.
A video of the incident was caught on CCTV and was posted by journalist Raj Shekhar Jha on Twitter. In the video, one can see the assailant stepping out of his car and pulling out his revolver. Tomar can be seen struggling to get free from the clutches of the accused. She went on to hide behind another woman who was walking with her, however, the accused grabs her again and shoots Tomar in point-blank range.
After the shooting, Tomar immediately collapses on the road while a man who was driving the car came out and pulled the accused inside the vehicle and they sped away from the crime scene. It is alleged that Taufeeq initially wanted to abduct Tomar, but killed her when she resisted his demands.
Tomar was immediately rushed to a hospital where she was declared dead on arrival. The final year B.Com student was a resident of SGM Nagar. According to Jaiveer Singh Rathi, ACP Ballabgarh, Tomar had come out of her college after appearing for an exam. Additionally, both the accused have been arrested.
According to a family member of the victim, who while speaking to a leading news daily said that Taufeeq had been forcing the Tomar for over three years forcing her to convert her religion.
Police are of the view that the accused got angered by the fact that Tomar had stopped receiving his calls and that she had even blocked his number. The police added that Taufeeq knew that she would be taking her exams on Monday and hence was waiting with his friend.
BJP spokesperson Raman Malik, condemning the incident said that this is a ‘jihad’ kind of activity and that police cannot stand everywhere at all times. The investigation has been handed over to the crime branch and is waiting for the final post-mortem report. Today, friends of Tomar staged a protest outside the Aggarwal college where she was shot dead, demanding stringent punishment for those responsible. Even the National Commission for Women (NCW) today took cognizance of the matter.