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Two arrested for acid attack on woman in Ghaziabad, jealousy triggered act

The incident occurred on Monday evening when two men on a bike threw acid on the victim, a dietician, while she was on her way home after dropping her child off at a tuition class.

noida Updated: Aug 23, 2018 07:20 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad
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Police said the pillion rider on the motorcycle was prime accused Rahul Garg, a resident of Sector 9, Raj Nagar. His friend, Umang Pratap Singh, a resident of D Block, Shashtri Nagar, was driving the motorcycle.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

The Ghaziabad Police on Wednesday arrested two men for allegedly throwing acid on a 32-year-old woman at Sanjay Nagar in Ghaziabad.

The incident occurred on Monday evening when two men on a bike threw acid on the victim, a dietician, while she was on her way home after dropping her child off at a tuition class. Police said the pillion rider on the motorcycle was prime accused Rahul Garg, a resident of Sector 9, Raj Nagar.

His friend, Umang Pratap Singh, a resident of D Block, Shashtri Nagar, was driving the motorcycle.

The police said Garg masked his face with a scarf and held the jar of acid while Umang drove the motorcycle. They had been keeping a watch on the woman since the morning of August 20 and were waiting for her to drop her child off at the tuition class.

“The woman suffered 60% burns and is currently undergoing treatment at Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi. Garg met the woman on a social networking website in October 2017, and, soon, they started seeing each other. In March, the woman told him that she was married and had a child. This upset Garg as he wanted to marry her. Garg is a divorcee (since 2015),” Vaibhav Krishna, senior superintendent of police (SSP), said.

“He also saw the woman with another man and got suspicious. After this, he went to her house on July 30 and told her husband about their relationship and threatened them with dire consequences if she did not marry him. The family did not report this to the police. When the woman refused to meet him even after this, he planned the acid attack and took the help of Umang and another person, who is yet to be arrested,” the SSP said.

An arts graduate and a chemical trader, Garg on August 11, approached a friend of his whose relative sells acid.

He allegedly procured from the man a litre of acid in a plastic jar.

The police said they are yet to establish whether it was acid or some other form of chemical.

“A forensic examination will be taken up to ascertain this,” the SSP said.

First Published: Aug 23, 2018 02:25 IST