Even as the police are supposed to have taken steps to curb sale of acid in Ludhiana, a man tried to throw acid on his young daughters from the bottle he was carrying on Sunday evening. His wife snatched the bottle from his hand, threw it on the ground and raised an alarm. The man fled the spot.
After that, the woman called the police and lodged an FIR against her husband. The Basti Jodhewal police have registered a case under sections 326 G (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means) and 511 (attempting to commit offences) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
In her complaint, the woman, Neelam Rani, stated that her husband was a drunkard and used to beat her and their daughters Priya (20) and Pooja (18) after drinking. On Saturday, when her husband came home, he was bleeding due to an injury in the head when he reached home in his drunken stupor with a bottle in his hand. After beating his daughters, who were sitting in the room, he tried to pour acid on them.
Neelam Rani said she snatched the bottle filled with acid from his hand and threw it. She raised an alarm. Her mother-in-law and brother also turned up there. Her husband then fled the house.
ASI Tarsem Singh, who is investigating the matter, said the accused was an assistant with an advocate. The police have launched a search for arrest of the accused. The ASI said the police will also investigate where the accused got the acid.
After an acid attack in Ludhiana, the police commissioner and deputy commissioner have imposed a ban on sale of acid.