Tribal activist and Aam Aadmi Party leader Soni Sori was admitted to a hospital on Saturday after unidentified men threw acid-like chemical at her in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district, police said
The incident took place near Jawanga village under Geedam police station at around 10:40pm when Sori along with her two associates was heading towards Geedam from Jagdalpur on a motorcycle, a senior police official told PTI.
As per the statement of the victim, three youths on a motorcycle stopped them after crossing Bastanar Ghat and asked them to alight from their vehicle. One of them immediately hurled the liquid at her face following which the trio fled from the spot, he added.
Subsequently her associates rushed her to Geedam hospital and informed police.
Though the chemical did not disfigure her face Sori said she suffered from a burning sensation, the official said.
“According to doctors the alleged liquid seemed to be grease diluted with chemical. The woman (Sori) was further shifted to Jagdalpur hospital and kept under observation as she has complained of burning sensation in her face,” he added.
A case has been registered, the official said adding that further probe was on.
Sori also serves as the warden of a government-run school in Jabeli where she teaches tribal children.
Sori has been accused of being a Maoist conduit and of receiving “protection money” from the Essar group for rebels. Sori was arrested on October 4 in south Delhi by a Chhattisgarh police team and taken to Dantewada for interrogation. Essar has denied giving funds to Maoists. Sori has denied all the accusations mad against her.