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Bus wait ends in acid attack
Victim’s family cries past enmity

Cuttack, May 6: A 35-year-old married woman was injured today after a youth threw acid at her near Palamandap.

The victim, a Thoria Sahi resident, has suffered minor burn injuries on her face and back.

She was immediately rushed to SCB Medical College and Hospital.

The doctor attending to the victim at the hospital said that the woman had sustained around 20 to 25 per cent burn injuries and she was likely to undergo an eye check-up tomorrow.

A senior police official said the incident occurred around 10.30am near Badambadi bus stand when the woman was waiting to board a bus for Banamalipur.

The acid that has been used in the attack is usually used for cleaning toilets. The chemical has been sent for further tests, police said.

Though the incident is suspected to be the fallout of an illicit affair, further investigation is on in this connection.

“We have arrested the youth and the motive behind the attack is being verified,” said deputy commissioner of police Sanjiv Arora.

The police said the victim worked at a polythene manufacturing unit at Mangalabag and the attacker, Govind Nayak, 24, used to stay near her house.

The accused has been booked under sections 436, 307 and 354 of the Indian Penal Code and produced before court, Arora said.

Family members of the victim claimed that Govind had attacked her over past enmity.

“There was an argument between me and Govind after he tried to forcibly enter my workplace last evening. Later, he threw acid on me at the bus stand and was subsequently caught by people at the spot,” the victim said.

The victim’s family claimed that Govind had been harassing them without any reason.

“My wife was going to meet one of our relatives in Puri when she was attacked near the bus stand,” said the victim’s husband.

He further said there had been a dispute between Govind and her wife over collection of water from a roadside tap.

The altercation had even led to the arrest of Govind based on the couple’s complaint six months ago.

However, the dispute was resolved mutually after the youth’s family members sought an apology.

“Following the incident, we got moved away from the locality and were staying at another place near Thoria Sahi on rent,” he said.

The acid attack has once again become the talk of the town as similar incidents have also been reported in the past.

On September 5 last year, a 30-year-old man left a teenager severely scarred by throwing acid on her in a Kendrapara village.

The victim had suffered 40 per cent burns on her face, neck, waist, hands and chest as her jilted lover poured concentrated nitric acid on her.

On May 12, 2011, a 19-year-old girl was injured in a similar attack near Gopalpur. The incident was said to be the fallout of a suspected professional rivalry.

On July 27, 2009, two girl students of Emarti Devi Women’s College suffered burn injuries after they were attacked with acid on the college campus.