On Wednesday evening, when Mohammad Adil repeatedly stabbed 21-year-old Riya Gautam outside her home in east Delhi, it was not the first time he had wielded a knife.Months earlier, Adil had pulled out a knife to "profess his love" to Riya near a mall in east Delhi, investigators said.
A man allegedly stabbed her multiple times in a busy market in Mansarovar Park area of Shahdara.
Locals rushed to the spot but the attacker fled the spot. They got to know about Adil after she filed a police complaint against him.
The victim's family members alleged that the police had not taken action when they had earlier complained about the man stalking her. Riya's brother Ashish Gautam said the police reached the spot 15-20 minutes after the attack. She was rushed to GTB Hospital in a critical state, where she succumbed to her injuries on Thursday morning.
As per the report, she was attacked at least seven times by the man. When she was returning from a shop, the accused stopped her and tried to engage in a conversation but when she ignored him, he attacked her, eyewitnesses told the police.
The woman's family and police were informed.
The police have registered a case against against Adil and efforts are on to nab him.
"The accused was upset over it and suspected her of being linked with some other guy". But her world came crashing down on Wednesday (July 5).
Even after 48-hour of the crime, the accused continues to remain at large.
The police were yet to ascertain the motive behind the murder.