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Marriage ire on college girl

Burdwan, July 25: An engineering student was arrested today on the charge of throwing acid at a college girl in Burdwan.

The girl’s family alleged that Ayan Sheikh, 22, threw acid at her after she turned down his marriage proposal.

Ayan, a fourth year B.Tech student of a private engineering college in Hyderabad, allegedly knocked at the door of the girl’s house in Burdwan town yesterday and threw acid as soon as she opened the door.

The girl suffered 40 per cent burns and has been hospitalised. Her mother, a teacher, had named Ayan, who hails from Burdwan’s Jamalpur, in the FIR.

Ayan was today remanded in five days’ police custody by the chief judicial magistrate of Burdwan.

District superintendent of police S.M.H. Meerza said Ayan had been booked under Sections 326A and 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC.

According to the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 2013, passed by the UPA II government after the Delhi bus gang rape, the maximum punishment for acid attacks is a life term.

The newly introduced IPC Section 326 A deals with voluntarily causing hurt by the use of acid and carries a minimum punishment of 10 years in jail and a maximum of a life term along with compensation for the victim.

“The girl and the youth knew each other. The police arrested him by locating his mobile phone tower. The youth used to visit the girl’s home. But it is yet to be established why the youth hurled acid at the girl. So we have taken him into our custody for interrogation,” Meerza said.

Ayan had come to his Jamalpur home during a vacation.

The girl’s elder brother said Ayan had befriended her on Facebook. “Recently, he proposed my sister. But she rejected the proposal. Since then, Ayan had been threatening my sister and mother over phone,” he alleged.

Ayan’s father Sheikh Abdul Selim, who deals in chemical fertilisers, denied the charges. “My son was framed just on the basis of suspicion,” he said.

Bengal women’s commission member Sikha Aditya met the girl at Burdwan Medical College Hospital today.