Durgapur, Sept. 27: Love took its toll on 14-year-old Nitu Singh when she was shot dead by her paramour at Andal Road this morning.
According to police, 22-year-old Sambhu Sharma had a relationship with Nitu a year ago, but he kept pursuing the girl even after she broke off.
Nitu, a class VIII student of Andal Hindu High School, was shopping with her friend when Sambhu intercepted them today.
“He caught Nitu by her hair and shot her from point-blank range. As she collapsed, he fled the spot. Following the incident, agitated residents stormed into Sambhu’s house and after assaulting his parents, ransacked the house,” said Pravat Chakraborty, the circle inspector of Andal police station.
Preliminary investigations have revealed that Sambhu and Nitu’s affair came to an end after the girl developed a liking for another youth of the locality.
“However, Sambhu refused to give in and kept appealing to her and revealed his feelings for her through letters. Recently, when Nitu did not respond, he put up a letter on display on the main door of her residence. This enraged the girl’s father and he lodged a complaint with the panchayat.
“The panchayat called the boy and threatened him with serious consequences. He could not come to terms with this and committed the crime,” Chakraborty added.
Police have taken Sambhu’s parents into custody to save them from being lynched and hope this will force Sambhu to surrender.
“Sambhu, a class V dropout, had developed links with local goons operating in the railway siding. We suspect he had acquired the country-made pistol from one such contact,” the officer said. Police are on Sambhu’s trail and have raided places he used to visit regularly.