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With the arrest of a 22-year-old man, said to be infatuated with journalist Aparna Kalra (45),Delhi Police today claimed to have solved the case of a brutal attack on her at a park in northwest Delhi.
The accused, Sanjay (22), is a school dropout. He used to work in a nail polish factory, police said, adding that he had five siblings and his father owned a 'chaat' cart.
He was arrested today from the Sawan Park slums.
"Was highly concerned about the assault case on our media friend Ms Kalra. I congratulate NW Distt team for quickl ysolving this blind case (sic)," tweeted Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik.
The incident occurred in the evening of April 5 when Kalra had gone for her routine walk to Picnic Hut, a park at northwest Delhi's Ashok Vihar, which is usually crowded at that time of the day.
The accused was identified after questioning various people, including the regular visitors to the park, said DCP(Northwest) Milind Mahadeo Dumbere.
Police began rounding up the rogue elements, drug addicts and those who had previous criminal records in the area. Some of those detained told the police about the presence of the accused at the park at the time of the incident.
"He confessed that he had seen Kalra at the park around8-10 times and was infatuated with her. He accosted Kalra to talk to him, with a view to befriend her, but in vain. In a fit of rage, he attacked her with a stone," said another officer.
He was neither aware of the fate of the journalist nor of the subsequent uproar the incident had created, police said.
Meanwhile, the police said Kalra was recovering and showing signs of improvement.
Doctors at the Fortis hospital also said that he rcondition is stable and she is being monitored.
The incident has brought the issue of women's safety back to focus in the national capital and Delhi Police has come under attack from various quarters, including the Delhi Commission For Women, for not doing enough to curb crimes against women.
"Sad, shameful and horrific. Delhi is very unsafe for women. She is critical, suffered grave injury. Its pathetic(sic)," tweeted DCW chief Swati Maliwal.
However, the police sought to assuage these concerns.