Stalker among 3 held for throw­ing acid on woman

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Region - HT Correspondent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

:A day af­ter two mo­tor­cy­cle-borne men threw acid on a 23-year-old woman in Thoba vil­lage of Aj­nala tehsil, around 40km from dis­trict head­quar­ters, po­lice ar­rested three men, in­clud­ing her stalker, on Satur­day.

The ac­cused have been iden­ti­fied as the lover, In­der­jit Singh aka Sonu, 24, of San­gat­pura vil­lage, his cousin brother, Joban­jit Singh, and Sukhbir Singh of San­gat­pura. Sukhbir is ac­cused of sell­ing acid to the men. As per a April 2014 no­ti­fi­ca­tion by the Pun­jab gov­ern­ment, there is a ban on open sale of acids.

The vic­tim was re­turn­ing home af­ter at­tend­ing col­lege. As soon as she alighted from a bus, the In­der­jit and Joban­jit, with their faces cov­ered, fol­lowed her on a mo­tor­cy­cle and threw acid at her. Am­rit­sar ru­ral SP (op­er­a­tions), Shailen­dra Singh, said she sus­tained 8-9% burn in­juries and the acid was thrown on the right side of her face.

Am­rit­sar ru­ral SSP Param­pal Singh said, “A spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion team un­der the su­per­vi­sion of se­nior po­lice of­fi­cials was formed. Dur­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the team found that the ac­cused In­der­jit was ob­sessed with the vic­tim and wanted to marry her. The vic­tim and her fam­ily had turned down the pro­posal.”

He added, “We have also re­cov­ered the TVS Vic­tor mo­tor­cy­cle (PB-08-D-9490) used in the crime. The ac­cused have con­fessed. In­der­jit planned the at­tack af­ter his pro­posal was not ac­cepted. They led us to Sukhbir, the shop­keeper who sold them the acid.”

“We have writ­ten to the dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion to pro­vide free treat­ment for the vic­tim. The process of giv­ing com­pen­sa­tion has also been started,” he added.

A case has been reg­is­tered at the Ram­das po­lice sta­tion.

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