The Ghaziabad police on Saturday claimed to have several leads in the “blind case” of the acid attack on a 21-year-old woman. A blind case is one in which there are no suspects and no identification of the attackers, they said.
The victim, Gulista, is fighting for her life at Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi after suffering more than 50% burns in the March 21 attack . Police said they are trailing the manufacturer’s label found on the container of acid left behind.
Gulista, who got engaged recently and was slated to be married to a Khurja resident after April, was sleeping inside her house when unidentified assailants poured around a litre of acid on her. She sustained severe injuries on her eyes, forehead, chest and other parts of the body.
Police said they are tracking the person who purchased the acid.
“The bottle of acid bears the label of a company that deals in that particular substance. It is sold to select people only. We are tracking the chain of purchasers of the bottle. We found some quantity of acid left behind in the container and have sent it for forensic tests. We have also taken the mobile phone details of the victim and her family members and are probing three to four suspicious numbers,” said Rajesh Kumar Singh, circle officer (city 2).
“We have recorded her statements at the hospital in front of a magistrate. She said she could not identify the attackers as she was sleeping at the time. Her dying declaration has also been recorded in case something unfortunate happens to her. Three teams are working on the case and it will be cracked in three to four days,” he added.
A team of police and forensic experts also visited the scene of crime and tried to ascertain the route the assailants might have taken to reach her house.
However, her family claimed the case was not being investigated properly and the police have made no headway so far.
“The police came to our house and inquired about the incident. We have been repeatedly asking them about the attackers, but they have not given a proper reply so far. Gulista is stable now and is speaking in a very low voice.She said she was sleeping at the time and could not identify the persons who attacked her,” said Zahid, her brother.
Meanwhile, district probationary officer Mahesh Kandpal said the victim will soon be given a compensation of Rs5 lakh under the ‘Rani Laxmi Bai Mahila Samman Kosh’ scheme floated by the previous state government.
“The documents were forwarded and we expect the amount to be released to her soon. Her treatment cost will also be compensated,” he added.