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No evidence to prove serial acid attack survivor’s allegations: Lucknow police

The forensic experts did not find any traces of acid at the crime scene or any footprints on the wall that proves the woman’s allegations, the police statement said.

india Updated: Jul 03, 2017 12:25 IST
Rohit K Singh
Rohit K Singh
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Acid attack,Lucknow police,Trauma centre
Lucknow: UP Police officers interacting with relatives of a 35-year-old woman who was attacked with acid, in Lucknow on Sunday. (PTI)

Lucknow Police have said forensic experts investigating the allegations of a 45-year-old acid attack survivor that she was targeted with the corrosive liquid on Saturday night in Aliganj area have not found any evidence that corroborates her charges.

The woman, who is also pursuing court cases against two men who had allegedly gang-raped her in 2009, alleged she was attacked inside the working women’s hostel where she lives. She said the men fled after scaling the hostel’s boundary wall after the attack.

She suffered injuries on the right side of her face and shoulder and is undergoing treatment at the trauma centre of the King George Medical University.

Lucknow police have said in a statement that experts from Mahanagar State Forensic Laboratory, who examined the premises of the hostel on Sunday, found an empty mineral water at the spot and its cap inside the bathroom which was used by the woman just before the alleged attack. The woman had alleged she was attacked immediately after she came out of the bathroom.

The forensic experts did not find any traces of acid at the crime scene or any footprints on the wall that proves the woman’s allegations, the statement said.

An expert said it was raining on Saturday evening and the intruder would have certainly left the footprint on the wall or on the hostel premises but nothing was found.

Aliganj circle officer Vivek Tripathi said other residents of the hostel, security guard Rajesh and a police gunner Sandeep Kumar, who was deployed for the security of the woman after a previous alleged acid attack on her on March 23, did not see any intruder inside the hostel premises.

Tripathi said the forensic experts have been asked to give a detailed report about their findings. He said the doctors treating the woman in KGMU’s trauma centre have also been asked to file a report about the kind of chemical allegedly thrown at the woman.

He said the final conclusion will be derived on the basis of these reports and further action will be initiated in the matter after that.

The officer added Bhondu Singh and Guddu Singh, the two men accused of gang raping her and who were detained late on Saturday night, were found at their home in Rae Bareli’s Unchahar, nearly 100 kilometres from Lucknow. The two men and their families are the woman’s next door neighbours in Rae Bareli.

She has alleged the two brothers and their family members for eight attacks over her so far, including a 2009 gang rape charge, a knife attack, and multiple acid attacks.

The woman works at Lucknow’s Sheroes Hangout Café, which is run by several acid attack survivors. Her husband and two children live in Rae Bareli.

HT is trying to obtain a statement from the survivor’s family.

First Published: Jul 03, 2017 12:25 IST