I thought there was liquor in the bottle: Acid attacker

Published On: July 24, 2020 01:37 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

A 22-year-woman sustained injuries on her face and hands in the incident

KATHMANDU, July 24: An Indian national arrested on the charge of throwing acid on a 22-year-old woman in Bafal said that he didn’t know there was acid in the bottle. “I was asked to throw the liquid in the bottle on the girl. I thought it was liquor as it was a liquor bottle. I had no clue that the bottle had acid in it,” Munna Mohammad, an Indian national, told during police interrogation.

“My employer asked me to throw the substance in the bottle on the girl. I didn’t even get a penny from my employer,” he told the police.

Last night, 22-year-old Pabitra Karki, a resident of Sitapaila, was attacked with acid at around 8:45 in the evening. Munna attacked Pabitra with acid while she came out from her house to buy some grocery items.

Within two hours of the incident, a joint team of police from Metropolitan Police Range, Kathmandu, and Metropolitan Police Crime Division, arrested Munna Mohammad. His hands had acid burns. He confessed to the crime right away.

“I was asked to commit the crime. I didn’t know it was acid. I knew it was acid only after I felt burns in my hand,” he told police. On the basis of the statement given by Munna, police arrested his employer Mohammad Alam late in the evening.

The 22-year-old lady, who was attacked with acid, is currently receiving treatment at Kirtipur Hospital. She has injuries on her face and arms.

“Alam has confessed to the police that he asked Munna to throw acid at Karki as she didn’t accept her proposal,” Superintendent of Police at Metropolitan Police Crime Division, Ishwar Karki told Republica.

“She didn’t accept my proposal. I couldn’t stand that. So, I asked Munna to throw acid on her,” Alam told police during interrogation.

The victim says Alam is like her brother. “I never thought that Alam was in love with me. He is like my brother,” Karki told the police. Karki has injuries in her face and hands. Her health condition is stable.

As Karki had no clue about the acid attackers, police took the help of CCTV footage to find the culprits. After going through the CCTV footage, police were able to nab the culprits within a few hours.

The Metropolitan Police Circle, Swoyambu, is preparing to file a case against the arrested.



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