A spurned teenaged lover threw acid on a girl and her four friends at Dera Baba Nanak on Wednesday.
While four girls escaped with minor burns, the one, who had turned down the boy’s advances, was rushed to an Amritsar hospital with serious burn injuries.
Police said around 3.30pm, the 18-year-old accused, along with his friend, started following the group of girls, all class VIII students of government high school, Singhpura, on a motorbike. The girls were returning home after their exam.
When the girl, whom the accused used to stalk, confronted him and asked as to why he was following her, the boy threw acid on her face. In the attack, her friends were also injured.
The girls were rushed to the Dera Baba Nanak civil hospital from where one of the girls was referred to Amritsar.
Batala senior superintendent of police (SSP) Daljinder Singh said: “Teams have been formed to nab the accused. We are questioning his friends. He will be arrested soon.”
Sources said the boy used to repeatedly trouble the girl, who had even narrated her plight to her family. The girl’s grandfather had recently scolded the boy who, in turn, vowed to take revenge on the girl.
The accused, a class-10 of the same school, was recently rusticated by the principal for “nefarious activities.”
Before being rusticated, he was severally reprimanded by the principal, who told him to stay away from the school premises.