A woman journalist was shot at allegedly by two masked men in East Delhi’s New Ashok Nagar area on Sunday around 12.30pm. Mitali Chandola was hit in the arm and is stated to be out of danger. Preliminary investigation by police indicates that a family dispute could be a reason behind the attack on the journalist.
In her statement to police, Mitali said she was driving her car when two masked men in another car tried to give chase to intercept her. They first threw some eggs on the windscreen but when she did not stop her car, they opened two rounds of fire at her, a senior police officer said. One of the bullets hit her arm. With the help of a passerby, she managed to inform police, the police official said.
Mitali works with a media channel in Noida and has been living separate from her husband. Police said they are probing all angle, including that of personal enmity. They are also probing the possible involvement of her husband in the incident, police said, adding they are looking for CCTV footage to establish the sequence of event. “Mitalii Chandola said she was not in good terms with her family,” a police official said.
Also, police are investigating whether a gang that targets motorists at night with eggs to distract and rob them was involved in the attack.
Police are hunting for the accused, said Deputy Commissioner of Police Jasmeet Singh.
It may be noted that in 2008, a 26-year-old journalist, Soumya Viswanathan, was shot dead in South Delhi’s Vasant Kunj while she was driving around 3.30 am.