The Mumbai Government Railway Police (GRP) officials on Wednesday detained two suspects from Delhi in connection with the May 2 Bandra Terminus acid attack case. Two GRP teams had been camping in Delhi for the past few days and the development came after the police scanned the passenger list of the Garib Rath Express and the call detail records of the 25-year-old woman.
The police have said that the person who sent the woman the 300-odd SMSes is not under suspicion any more.
They said they were questioning the two suspects who have been detained and were expecting to get some clarity in the incident where acid was thrown at Preeti Rathi, a Delhi resident, after she, along with her father, uncle and aunt, alighted from the Garib Rath Express around 8am at Bandra Terminus on May 2.
“We have zeroed-in on two suspects in connection with the incident and are questioning them. We narrowed down on these two on the basis of the investigation carried out by GRP officials in Mumbai and Delhi,” said Prabhat Kumar, commissioner of police, GRP.
The officials said there were around 300 SMSes sent to Rathi in 2011, but the messages were not suspicious in nature and that the sender was not on the suspects’ list.
During the course of investigation, it also came to the fore that one of the victim’s younger sisters had been harassed in their hometown.
The matter was settled later, but following an attack on Rathi in Mumbai, the woman voiced her concern to the police and has asked them to secure her family in Delhi.
Rathi, who has been communicating with her relatives and doctors through handwritten notes, had, on Tuesday, pleaded with her uncle Vinod Kumar to take care of her younger sisters aged 10 and 16.
“She wants us ensure no one harms them,” said Kumar.
“Despite being in such critical condition, she keeps inquiring about our safety and health,” he said.