The father of Preeti Rathi, the 25-year-old nurse who had died of an acid attack at Bandra Terminus in 2013, was examined at the city civil and sessions court on Thursday.
Amarsingh Rathi, 59, the complainant in the case which was first probed by the Bandra railway police station and later by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch, told the court on May 2, 2013, that he was walking 10-15 steps ahead of Preeti at the Bandra Terminus railway station, when, “I heard her scream. When I turned back to help her, I saw a young man wearing a yellow shirt and with his face covered with a handkerchief running quickly away. A few drops of acid fell on my hands, shoulder and legs. Preeti’s face and neck were burned,” he told the court.
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Rathi added that he had shouted for the attacker to be caught and then rushed to help his daughter.
Rathi was taken by the police to Bhabha Hospital in Bandra (West) for first aid to minor burn injuries while Preeti was rushed first to Gurunanak Hospital in Bandra (East) and later to Masina Hospital in Byculla.
Preeti passed away at Bombay Hospital on June 1, 2013, a month after arriving in Mumbai from Delhi to accept a position as a lieutenant at the naval hospital INHS Asvini. her neighbour in Delhi, Ankur Panwar was arrested for the fatal attack in 2014.