Woman beaten to death, acid poured into lover’s eyes

The New Indian Express - - INDIA - ANAND ST DAS @ Patna

A 30-year-old mar­ried woman was beaten to death and acid was poured into the eyes and mouth of a man she was ac­cused of com­mit­ting adul­tery with in a vil­lage in Bihar’s Araria dis­trict.

Po­lice said on Fri­day that Ghan­shyam Singh, 35, who suf­fered acid in­juries on his eyes and mouth, is un­der treat­ment at a hospi­tal in Forbesganj. “He was also beaten up badly be­fore be­ing at­tacked with acid by a group of some 15 peo­ple. He is out of dan­ger,” said Forbesganj sub-di­vi­sional po­lice of­fi­cer (SDPO) Ajit Ku­mar Singh.

Singh was at­tacked when he was al­legedly seen in the com­pany of Paras­mani Devi, the wife of Jahra Ya­dav, in her house at Mad­hura Ut­tar un­der Narpat­ganj po­lice sta­tion on Tues­day night. Paras­mani died on the spot af­ter the vil­lagers beat her up mer­ci­lessly, said sources.

By the time po­lice reached her house af­ter some­one tipped them off, her fam­ily and the vil­lagers had cre­mated her body. Po­lice took a badly bat­tered Singh, wounded and gasp­ing for breath, to a lo­cal pri­mary health­care cen­tre, from where he was sent to a pri­vate hospi­tal in Forbesganj.

“We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the whole mat­ter. Al­though Ghan­shyam Singh, who is a neigh­bour of Jahra Ya­dav, claims that he was at­tacked in a dis­pute over ty­ing cat­tle for graz­ing, sev­eral peo­ple said the dis­pute stemmed from an adul­ter­ous re­la­tion,” said the SDPO.

Al­though four peo­ple have been named as ac­cused in the case, no­body was ar­rested till Fri­day evening.

The SDPO did not con­firm whether Paras­mani was mur­dered or whether she was dead yet. “It (mur­der al­le­ga­tion) is yet to be as­cer­tained. We are look­ing into the mat­ter,” said Singh.

Ma­hesh Ku­mar, the sta­tion­house of­fi­cer of Narpat­ganj po­lice sta­tion who is prob­ing the case, did not re­ceive sev­eral calls made to his mo­bile phone.

This is the sec­ond in­ci­dent of acid be­ing used to at­tack peo­ple in Bihar in a week.

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