Acid attacker's identity leaves cops confused, search operation still on

Acid attacker's identity leaves cops confused, search operation still on

Nehal Jain | June 15, 2019 15:15 hrs

GUWAHATI: Though the city police have claimed to have arrested the miscreant involved in attacking Guwahati women with acid-like substance, attacker's identity has popped up to be a confusion that continues to prevail.

Fatasil police arrested one person involved in the acid-like attacks happening in Guwahati from Colony Bazar near VIP hotel on June 12. The arrested has been identified as Bhaskar Malakar, a resident of Lakhimi Mandir area of Saukuchi under Basistha police station.

While the police have nabbed Malakar in connection with the incidents, the accused (who was admitted to Gauhati Medical College & Hospital after being thrashed by the public on June 12) has denied the allegations levelled upon him. 

This has left the city police confused about the attacker’s identity. Commissioner of police Deepak Kumar informed G Plus that a thorough investigation is ongoing which will soon solve the issue. 
According to the police, the accused tried to throw the chemically treated substance at two women in Fatasil Ambari area of the city on June 1. 

“Someone threw acid on me. But luckily that didn’t harm me much. A small part of my leg was burnt,” said a victim of the acid-like attack in Bhaskar Nagar under Fatasil Ambari police station. A case (204/19) was thus registered at Fatasil Ambari police station under section 326 B of the Indian Penal Code by the victim, Ankita Nandi.

Another woman, Deepali Biswas, was also attacked on the same day and sustained burn injuries in the upper back. However, she didn’t register any official complaint. 

Similar incidents are also being reported from other parts of the city and the police still seem unaware about the whereabouts of the miscreants involved in these crimes. 

While there were reports of the women being attacked with acid, commissioner of police Deepak Kumar clarified that the accused had thrown an instant adhesive at the women, not acid.

Speaking to G Plus, the commissioner said, “Traces of the substance was sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory for testing and it has been confirmed that it was an adhesive substance that causes the skin to burn. We have also recovered a bottle of Flex Kwik from Malakar’s possession and have sent it to the lab to see if it matches with the sample.”

The crime chart of Guwahati also reveals that the law and order situation is deteriorating in the city. The number of cases being registered in the city has been increasing tremendously over the years. Over 17,000 cases were registered in the city in 2018, while close to 16,000 and 13,000 cases were registered in the previous years, 2017 and 2016, respectively.

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