Delhi: Acid attack survivor fails to identify attackers

  • Mohit Sharma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 25, 2014 04:27 IST

A day after a 30-year-old doctor was injured after two armed assailants hurled acid at her in Rajouri Garden and robbed her, the police have recovered her handbag from Khyala. Her mobile phone, which was also stolen, was last traced to the Yamuna Vihar area.

Senior police officials said that while they had got significant leads, they were scrutinising CCTV footage from more than 10 showrooms in the Rajouri Garden market.

“The route taken by the assailants is being ascertained by referring to footage from various CCTV cameras from different areas,” said police officials.

The officer said while the empty handbag was recovered, the last calls made from the mobile phone are being traced.

Joint CP (south western range) Tajendra Singh Luthra said, “We have constituted 12 police teams to investigate the case and the accused will be arrested soon.”

Police sources told HT that although the CCTV footage was shown to the victim, she failed to identify the two bikers. “The footage was shown to the victim on Tuesday evening, and she has failed to identify them. However, we have good leads in the case,” the official said. Investigators, sources said, have rejected the idea of a robbery gone wrong.

“According to the video evidence, the two had succeeded in snatching the doctor’s handbag, without much resistance, yet they hurled the acid-like substance, indicating at previous enmity,” said a senior police officer.

Delhi police officials did not comment on the case and said investigations were under way.

The victim was on her way to the ESI hospital on her scooty when two bikers threw the chemical substance at her. Preliminary examinations indicated that she had severe injuries in her right eye and right part of her face.

“She is better than she was yesterday and is responding to treatment. We are giving her intensive medical therapy and monitoring her very closely. Any injury to the eye could lead to loss of vision but we cannot speculate when the patient is undergoing treatment,” said Dr Tushar Agarwal, additional professor of ophthalmology and cornea expert at AIIMS.

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