Patna, Feb. 10: Two women and a minor daughter of one of them suffered serious burn injuries after acid was poured on them following a family feud at Jagiratkothi village in East Champaran district, around 175km north from here.
The two women — sisters-in-law Sangeeta and Renu Devi — have been admitted to Motihari sadar hospital for treatment. Minor Varsha, the eight-year-old daughter of Sangeeta, is undergoing treatment at a primary health centre.
Ghorasahan police said the acid attack was the fallout of an old dispute between Vijay Kumar Yadav and his brother Abhay Kumar Yadav. The members of the rival groups had a fight over some issue yesterday, after which Vijay poured acid on Abhay’s wife Renu, who suffered serious burn injuries.
Infuriated over the attack, Abhay also threw acid on Vijay’s wife Sangeeta. Her minor daughter, Varsha (8), suffered burn injuries when she came to the rescue of her mother.
Both Sangeeta and Renu were rushed to the Motihari sadar hospital. Varsha is undergoing treatment at the local primary health centre.
Ghorasahan police station house officer Lalit Kumar said Sangeeta and Renu suffered over 60 per cent burn injuries in the incident. The condition of Varsha is stated to be out of danger. “Both the accused are absconding after the incident,” he said, adding that the residents of the area were shocked over the incident.
East Champaran superintendent of police Vinay Kumar said the station house officer (SHO) had been asked to book the accused under the provisions of the new law, which proposed severe punishment for the accused. “The SHO concerned has been directed to obtain the property attachment order from the court if the accused continued to evade arrest,” he told The Telegraph.
The state has witnessed a spurt in acid attacks after the new law came into force about six months ago. A 25-year-old woman lost her life on Saturday following an acid attack in Sheohar district. Two persons allegedly poured acid on her when she tried to thwart their attempt to rape her.
“The woman, a native of Biratnagar in Nepal, died at the SKMCH (Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital) in Muzaffarpur after battling for three days. Her husband Navin Yadav is absconding after the incident, which hinted at his involvement in the crime,” an investigating officer said.
The victim was allegedly abducted by seven persons from Mohanpur Sareh and taken to a deserted place where two of them attempted to outrage her modesty. The perpetrators of the crime poured acid on her when she resisted the rape attempt.
The police did not rule out the involvement of the husband of the deceased in the incident. “The role of the victim’s husband is being probed because he neither turned up at the hospital nor the police station after the incident. He is absconding after the matter came to the light,” Piprahi police station house officer R.K. Mandal said.
Another police officer attributed the recent rise in acid attacks to easy accessibility to the liquid. “Acid is sold in the open. One can get the liquid even from kirana (stationery) shops, which have mushroomed in remote areas,” he added.