The role of a daily-wager whose wife died here on Thursday after an acid attack has come under the scanner of the police.
Amarjeet alias Kutro died when she along with her daughter Sarabjeet and son Deepu were attacked by an unknown person during the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday while they were sleeping in the courtyard of their house. The incident took place at the one-room house at Arnauli, 60 km from Kaithal.
A villager, who was present at the crime spot also sustained severe burn injuries. Amarjeet’s husband Joginder Khan, also a complainant in the case, suffered minor burns.
The victims belonged to underprivileged background.
While Kutro was buried here on Thursday evening, the injured were admitted to Government Medical College, Patiala, in Punjab, 40 km from Arnauli.
In a statement to the police, Khan alleged that as he returned from a religious function at a nearby shrine late in the night, his neighbours threw acid on them.
Following the complaint, the police booked two villagers, Billu and Phinda, on murder and attempt to murder charges.
However, the investigators are not convinced with version of the complainant, Khan.
Guhla DSP Taken Raj Sharma told Hindustan Times that Khan had failed to give a reason that why he did not rush to the police post, located in the same village, immediately to inform about the crime that he witnessed. The DSP confirmed that no one was arrested but the police were questioning several persons, including Khan.
“According to the complainant, the incident took place at around 2 am while Khan informed the police about the acid attack at about 8 am. By that time Amarjeet had already died and the condition of others had deteriorated,” said the DSP.
He said preliminary investigations had also hinted that the people named by Khan were not in the village. “But we are working on various theories. It is also important to know the source from where the acid was procured,” he said.
When HT visited the village on Friday, locals were not ready to talk about the incident.
Joginder Khan’s mother Akko said owing to differences, she had little contact with her son’s family.
She said she did not know if anyone had enmity with Joginder.