Bhopal: A model from Bhopal, who was held captive for about 12 hours by her 'jilted lover', on Saturday said she agreed to marry the man as she was scared for her life and wanted the culprit to be hanged.
“Those were some nightmarish 12 hours that I spent with Rohit, who was armed with pistol and other sharp objects. I feared he would kill me if I declined his marriage proposal,” said the model, who is now recuperating at a private hospital after police rescued her around 7 pm on Friday.
During the abduction bid, she suffered an injury on the hand and a cut on the neck.
The M.Tech graduate who works as a model in Mumbai alleged that the man was forcing her for marriage although she tried to maintain distance. “On February 28, he barged into my house with a pistol, forcing me to complain to the police.”
The accused, Rohit Singh, is a native of Aligarh in UP and worked as an assistant casting director in Mumbai. He created a fake account on Facebook after the woman blocked him.
Rohit held the woman hostage for over 12 hours at gun-point inside her own bedroom on Friday and walked out only after receiving police assurance of not being harmed and being allowed to marry the girl.
Police said the accused was remanded to police custody by a court. An officer said Rohit regretted his actions and claimed that the model had invited him over to her house. However, when her mother learnt about his presence in the room, she started shouting. Rohit added that he became nervous when the police and media reached the spot.
The accused said he carried a gun for his safety and claimed that the woman wanted to marry him but was forced to change her statement under pressure from her family.
When informed that the model wanted him hanged, he said he was ready for the punishment if she wished so.
The model, however, said she was clueless about how the man managed to unlock her bedroom and lock it again after coming inside, bolstering a theory that Rohit was aided by someone.
Rohit repeatedly told her that he was now “famous” and was happy with the media attention and police force outside her flat on Hoshangabad Road.
The private hospital said in a statement that her condition was stable but she would be kept in an ICU to detect internal injuries.
“The man has been booked under sections 307, 342 452 and others of IPC while another case was lodged against him on the complaint of Sub Inspector GS Rajput who was injured by the accused with scissors during the rescue operation,” SHO Misrod police station Sanjeev Chause said.
According to the police, a country-made pistol, a knife and a pair of scissors were recovered from the accused.
The police took the accused to the same building on Saturday afternoon and paraded him before the public. Several irate women slapped him and hit him with slippers. The victim’s mother also slapped him.
Police have not declined the possibility of extending the probe to Mumbai where the two lived for work to find out the nature of their relationship.