Taking cognisance of the incident of acid attack on five teenage girls in Dera Baba Nanak, Ludhiana police commissioner Paramraj Singh Umra Nangal issued guidelines regarding the sale of acid in city shops.
Police commissioner said, “Police came to know that shopkeepers are selling acid in market, which is illegal. No person can sell acid without licence. The licence holder can sell acid to the customers with a valid reason regarding use of acid. The seller should also obtain a copy of identity proof of the buyer, who should not be minor.
It is also mandatory to maintain proper record of stock. The seller must inform police and sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) regarding the sale of acid on daily-basis.
The commissioner said, “If a buyer represents hospital, industry, government or a semi-government organization, then he has to show demand letter on the organisation’s letter pad. The orders issued by police commissioner have been implemented with immediate effect and will continue till two months from the date of issue.”
There are only 50 firms licensed to sell acid in the market, still acid is easily available at the grocery shops.
Ban on open sale of acid came to existence in the city after acid attack on a bride in Sarabha Nagar area on December 7, 2013. The woman had come to a salon for getting ready for her wedding. The victim later died in the hospital.
After it, random incidents of acid attacks were reported in the city. On July 5, 2015, a man had tried to throw acid on his young daughters in Basti Jodhewal area. His wife had shown resistance and she snatched the bottle filled with acid from his hand and had thrown it on the ground. The accused wan a drunkard.
In December 2014, an unidentified man had thrown acid on seven dogs in Sham Nagar area. The police had registered a case in this context, but the culprit was never traced.