HARIDWAR: A postgraduate student belongs to the Muslim community sustained severe burn injuries when two motorbike-riding youths threw acid on her.
According to Times Of India reports, the incident took place on Monday morning at Lal Pul near Jawalapur in Haridwar when the 20-year-old victim, a student at a private college was returning home after taking a test. The assailants fled the scene after the attack.
Passerby rushed the girl to nearby government hospital where doctors attending on the survivor described her condition as “serious” as she has received severe burn injuries on her upper arm; left scapula and right hand, besides blisters.
The girl alleged that she was attacked because the men in the colony, a predominantly Hindu area of around 200 houses wanted her family to leave as they were Muslims, living in the locality since 1996.
The student told the police that he had identified an attacker as Sudhir Singh Tomar, a 45-year-old retired Army jawan.
She told TOI that on 25 May, Tomar threatened her with a pistol to leave the locality and also sexually assaulted her when she was alone at home.
Next day, the victim along with her mother filed a complaint with the local police.
Tomar filed a counter report alleging that he and his friend was attacked by the girl’s family after they tried to stop the unauthorised construction of a house on the encroached colony land.
The girl’s mother told TOI, “The construction of this house is being objected to by the people in the area on the ground that we are Muslims. The people in the colony instead want to build a temple at the plot, and want to drive us out.”
Jwalapur police station in charge Amarjit Singh said a case under Section 326 (A) of the IPC has been registered against Sudhir Tomar and his accomplice Vinit Saini for throwing acid at the girl.