Bengal father who threw acid on daughter’s fiancé commits suicide

The parents of the girl were opposed to the marriage and subsequently the father allegedly threw acid of the boy.

kolkata Updated: Jun 10, 2017 00:35 IST
Koushik Dutta
Koushik Dutta
Hindustan Times, West Midnapore
Love affair,Parents against love marriage,Acid Attack
A father hanged himself from a tree after he allegedly splashed acid on his daughter’s fiance.(Representative image)

A man accused of throwing acid on his daughter’s fiancé in West Bengal’s West Midnapore district on June 1 committed suicide on Sunday morning, police said.

Rabindranath Senapati was found hanging from a tree at Manushka, about 117km from Kolkata.

He was on the run since he allegedly splashed acid on Surajit Santra, his daughter Priya’s childhood sweetheart. The two are scheduled to marry, but Senapati and wife Sefali opposed the relationship.

“We suspect he chose death by suicide because of guilt and remorse or fear of punishment,” a police officer said.

Sefali was arrested and arraigned on June 3 before a local court, which sent her to jail for 14 days.

The victim, Surajit, who is getting treatment in a Kolkata hospital, is a first-year student of Rabindra Satabarshiki College in Ghatal town. Senapati’s daughter studies in Class 12.

The parents allegedly tried to persuade their daughter to stay away from Surajit.

“But when Senapati saw the youngsters together on June 1, he thrashed Surajit and threw acid on him in a fit of rage. He then kept the young man tied to a temple pillar till morning on June 2,” the police officer said.

Surajit managed to free himself and informed police about the attack.

First Published: Jun 04, 2017 18:33 IST