Upset over his marriage proposal being rejected, a youth of Kot Fattu village slit the throat of a 20-year-old girl of Groper village, early Thursday morning in Nawanshahr.
The girl was on her way to attend an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) class near Sutlej cinema on the Jalandhar-Chandigarh road.
The incident occurred a few hundred meters away from the residence of the deputy commissioner and the office of the sub divisional magistrate where traffic police are usually seen.
The girl is admitted at a private hospital in Nawanshahr and was unable to give a statement. As per eyewitnesses and police officials, the girl came for her IELTS class daily from her village in a local bus. On Thursday, when the girl reached near Chandigarh chowk, the accused, identified as Jagdeep Singh, came on his bike and took her to the backside of the theatre complex.
A juice seller who was eyewitness to the incident told the police that at around 8.30 am, he heard loud screams of the girl and was shocked to find her throat slit. The boy had fled the spot after attacking her.
The left hand of the girl was also severely injured in the attack. The juice seller immediately took the girl to Harbans hospital where a team of doctors conducted a three-hour long surgery on the girl's throat and left hand.
Dr Varinder Pal Singh said the girl was given 35 stitches on her throat and 30 stitches on her left hand and four bottles of blood had already been given to her.
Singh said the girl's condition was stable but she would not be able to speak for at least two days. Station house officer Raj Kumar said the accused had been identified and a case under Section 307 (attempt to murder) and others sections would be registered against the boy once the girl gave a statement to the police.
Police superintendent Dilbag Singh Pannu said police teams had started conducting raids to arrest the accused who was still at large.
The girl's mother told the police that Jagdeep had come to their house with the marriage proposal which the girl had refused.