CHITTOOR : In yet another case of a jilted lover attacking a girl for rejecting his love, a person opened fire with a country made weapon leading to severe injuries to the girl. The accused fled from the scene after locals rushed to the rescue of the girl.
The incident took place in Yanadi Colony of Ramakuppam mandal in the district. Police said the victim, a 18-year old girl, was the daughter of B Shanmugam, who ekes out living by selling forest produce. A 22-year old person, Bhupathi, living in the same village approached the girl expressing his love.
The girl refused the proposal and asked Bhupathi to keep away from her. Bhupathi, however, started to harass the girl and pester her to accept his love. The stalking went on for nearly three months after which the girl informed her parents about the harassment. Shanmugam admonished Bhupathi and asked him not to harass his daughter. Bhupathi, however, did not mend his ways and a few days back, the villagers thrashed him for harassing the girl.
On Wednesday, when the girl was alone in the house, Bhupathi reached there and asked her to accept his proposal. The girl once again rejected him and also reportedly warned of dire consequences, if he does not stop stalking her. In a fit of rage, Bhupathi left from the house and returned after sometime with a country-made revolver. Threatening the girl with the weapon, Bhupathi asked her to accept his love but as the girl refused, he opened fire on the girl injuring her on the legs. “Bhupathi opened several rounds of fire on the girl targeting her legs. As the girl raised an alarm, locals rushed to her rescue and Bhupathi fled from the spot,” police said. The girl was shifted to a hospital where her condition is said to be stable.
Police said several people of Yanadi tribe, who wander in forests hunting and collecting forest produce for livelihood, are in possession of illegal weapons and shot weapons for hunting wild animals like boars. “As Bhupathi used a shot weapon, the injuries were not much serious,” police said. A case has been registered and investigation is on.