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Delhi: Woman journalist out on evening walk attacked by unknown assailants in broad daylight

The journalist has been employed with leading dailies and was freelancing for the last year or so. Photograph: (Facebook)

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 06, 2017, 03.38 PM (IST)

A forty-five year-old journalist was seriously injured in an attack by unidentified persons when she was out for a walk at a park in a locality in Indian capital New Delhi.

The scribe has been employed with leading dailies and was freelancing for the last year or so.

The incident occurred on Wednesday evening when Aparna Kalra had gone for a routine walk to Picnic Hut -- a popular park in Delhi's Bharat Nagar area -- usually crowded with walkers around that time.

She was later referred to Shalimar Bagh's Fortis Hospital where she underwent cranial surgery last night, PTI reported.

Fortis hospital sources said Kalra was "currently stable", but as she underwent a critical surgery, her situation is being monitored.

"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, adding that the doctors have asked them to wait and watch.

"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 HC Bhatia said.

Aparna was initially brought to the Deep Chand Hospital who, along with the police, called her family and informed them about the incident at around 7:30 pm.

On reaching the hospital, the family found her unconscious, and severely bleeding from the head and nose. She regained consciousness just long enough to tell police that she had been attacked.

So far, no eyewitnesses have come forward to share details about the attack and her family members are also clueless about any possible motive, police said.

Robbery doesn't appear to be a motive of the attack since she was neither wearing any jewellery nor carrying her cellphone or any valuable at the time of the attack, police said.

(WION with inputs from PTI)

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