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Oct 04, 2008 at 03:33pm IST

Journo Death: Delhi CM admits her city unsafe

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday broke her silence on the death of television journalist Soumya Vishwanathan saying that said that though she regretted the death, it was not good to be "adventurous".

"One should not be adventurous, but I am really very sorry for her family. Investigations are going on. She was travelling in the early hours of the morning, so I think we need to take greater care. She was driving all by herself at 3 o clock in the morning in a city which people believe is not very safe for women after dark," she said.

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Sheila Dikshit's comments have sparked quite an outrage among people. A host of communities have cropped up on the Internet in retaliation to the remark demanding justice for Soumya.

The 26-year-old television journalist was shot dead in the Capital early on Tuesday morning.

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Soumya was an employee of TV Today Network's English news channel, Headlines Today. Prior to joining Headlines Today, Soumya also worked with CNN-IBN.

She had stayed back in office on Monday night to bring you coverage of the blasts in Malegaon and Modasa. The incident occurred when she was driving from her Jhandewalan office to her Vasant Kunj residence at around 0330 hrs (IST). Soumya last spoke to her father at 3:15 am, saying she'll reach home shortly.

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Police say she was shot dead while on her way home. Her car was found rammed into the divider on Nelson Mandela road. Her body was still in the driver's seat and there was a bullet in her head.

The police rushed her to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences but doctors declared her dead on arrival. Police have registered a case of murder under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code, but the motive for the killing has not yet been established.

There were signs of a struggle in the car and one tyre was punctured from which a bullet was recovered.

However, it is now being speculated that more than one bullet was fired, one of which hit Saumya in the back of her head and killed her. Police was invetigating if the tyre of her car had burst after a bullet hit it and if a mark on the front number plate of car was caused by a bullet as well.

Now investigators are saying that only one bullet was fired and it killed the journalist.

DCP South Delhi, HGS Dhaliwal says, "The police is confident of solving the Soumya murder case very soon. We can't tell you whether fingerprints have been found or not yet. We have lots of dedicated officers investigating from different angles and we are very confident that we will be able to bring justice to Soumya's family very soon."

The car tyre apprently burst after the car collided with the road divider, though the forensic report on this is yet to come.

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