A 14-year-old girl, her brother and sister, all minors had acid poured on their faces faced by two youths, one of whom is her jilted lover.
The incident happened at Jyotsidam village under Jalangi PS in Murshidabad district. The injured minors have been rushed to Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital but were reffered to Kolkata hospital since their conditioned deteriorated. Police has arrested the accused youths.
SDPO Domkal Arijit Sinha said, "In the primary investigation we have come to know that Ripon threw the acid on the girl as their affair failed. We have arrested both the accused on the basis of a written complaint and we will seek their police remand from the court."
Sources from the area said the 14-year-old girl, a student of class 7 of a local school, had an affair with one Ripon Sheikh, a student of 1st year of Domkal College and a resident of the same village.
Recently the parents of the girl arranged her marriage with a youth of Nawdapara village of Jalangi. This infuriated Ripon tried to dissuade her from the marriage but failed.
On Thursday night at around 10, Ripon barged into the house of the victim with his friend Situ Mondal (19). The victim and her 7-year-old brother and 10-year-old sister were sleeping in one room and her parents in an other.
Before anyone could react, the youths poured acid on the three minors. Their cries alerted parents and neighbours, but the duo fled. Later police was able to arrest them.
The two poured acid on the 14-year-old girl. At that time her brother and sister were sleeping beside her. They too sustained acid burn injury.
Locals rushed the trio to Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital. There the doctors doctors referred the three to Kolkata hospital as their condition deteriorated. Hospital sources said Hasina and her sister received severe burn injury in their face.
Farida Bibi, an aunt of the 14-year-old girl said-"Her parents Minajul Sheikh and Nazma Bibi fixed her marriage with a youth of Nawdapara village. The marriage is scheduled to take place on 16th of this month. Ripon attacked her as she didn’t oppose the marriage."
"After the incident of yesterday we have come to know that the girl had an affair with Ripon till a year ago. But due to several reasons their relation came to an end. Since then Ripon used to harass her on her way to school," she added.
A senior officer of district police however said-not only Ripon, Situ also had personal grudge against the girl since he too loved her. “We have got the evidence that Hasina knew both of them. When the two youths came to know that she is going to marry another youth they planned the acid attack on her. We are probing how the youths got hold of the acid,” said a senior district police officer.