Reports have surfaced of a journalist being attacked by unidentified people when she had gone for a walk at a park in Bharat Nagar last evening, according to police.
Sustaining life-threatening injuries, 45-year-old Aparna Kalra was hospitalised and is said to be now stable.
“She went for an evening walk everyday to the park which is two minutes away from her home. She would leave around 6-6.15 PM every day and return around 7 PM before it got dark,” her maternal uncle H C Bhatia said.
It was only at around 7:30 pm that her family got a call from Deep Chand Hospital and police. It was they who informed them that she had been brought to the hospital in an injured condition. Following which the family rushed to the hospital and to their shock they found her unconscious, severely bleeding from the head and nose.
Later on she was shifted to Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, where she underwent cranial surgery last night.
“She has sustained severe injuries to her brain and skull. She was hit with iron rods and parts of her skull have been reduced to powder,” said her uncle.
After regaining consciousness she told police that she had been attacked.
The journalist has been employed with leading dailies and was freelancing for the last year or so.
“We have no eyewitnesses of this attack. We were informed about a woman lying unconscious in the park by a visitor. But the caller had not witnessed the attack,” said Milind Dumbre, deputy commissioner of police (north-west) as reported by the HT.
Reuters’ editors nominated her ‘Best in Asia’ in 2001 when, as the wire’s airlines and air cargo correspondent, she got, in a single day, names of all the bidders for Air India in a sale that was eventually scuttled.
She has worked with several national dailies.