Maharajganj, Uttar Pradesh:
A man was shot at by police and arrested along with his aide in connection with an acid attack on a 23-year-old bride-to-be in Dharaula village here, an officer said on Saturday.
Additional Superintendent of Police of Maharajganj Atish Kumar Singh said the encounter took place between 1 am and 1.30 am late Friday night.
“The main accused, Anil Verma, sustained a bullet wound, while the other accused, Ram Bachan, got injured as he was trying to flee,” Mr Singh told news agency PTI.
He said that Anil Verma, an ex-lover of the victim, had planned the attack 4-5 days ago.
According to the ASP, the victim, Suman Yadav, and Verma were known to each, and the attack was triggered by her getting engaged to another man around three months ago, which Verma took as a snub to him.
Police have recovered the scooter used in the attack with acid marks on it.
Revealing more details on Saturday, the Maharajganj Police in a statement said that Ms Yadav was in a relationship with Verma, a medicine trader, for the past few years.
Suman Yadav’s marriage was scheduled for December 11, 2023, but Anil Verma did not want Suman to go ahead with the marriage.
On Thursday evening, she was returning home after taking her mother to Verma’s medicine shop in Maharajganj, when Verma had an aide throw acid at her, police said.
Anil Verma, they said, had convinced Ram Bachan, a worker at his shop, to throw acid at Yadav for Rs 15,000. He arranged for acid from his car’s battery and gave it to Bachan along with a pair of surgical gloves.
Anil Verma, as usual, dropped Suman Yadav and her mother from his car about 50 metres away from the incident site. Bachan had posted himself at the spot around 6 pm.
At 6.47 pm, Anil Verma gave a call to Bachan to come and do his part.
Bachan threw the acid at Suman Yadav, who was burned in the face. Her mother too was burned in her hands.
As part of the plan, Anil Verma returned to the spot after five minutes and took an injured Suman Yadav in his car to a private hospital in Gorakhpur. He also advised her and her family members not to inform the police.
Anil Verma and Bachan were arrested by the police on the basis of CCTV surveillance, the statement said.
Maharajganj Superintendent of Police Kaustubh had on Friday said that 10 police teams were deployed to arrest the culprits.
Suman Yadav suffered five to seven percent burn injuries on her face and is currently undergoing treatment at Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College, police said.
“The woman’s condition is improving. She has about five to seven percent burn injuries,” the SP had earlier said.
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