The Mumbai Police Crime Branch is expected to file a chargesheet on Wednesday, in the May 2013 Preeti Rathi acid attack case, which was transferred to it from the Bandra Government Railway Police (GRP) nine months after the crime.
Delhi resident Rathi was attacked with acid at Bandra railway station in Mumbai on May 1 last year, and sustained severe lung injuries. She died at Bombay Hospital a month later.
Treated as a high-priority case, several teams were formed under the supervision of then Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy.
Forty days into the Crime Branch probe, it arrested Rathi’s neighbour Ankur Pawar (23), a hotel management graduate. A senior Crime Branch officer said, “The chargesheet runs into more than 1,000 pages and there are 15 witnesses in the case. We are going through the final draft of the chargesheet. It will be submitted in the Sessions court on April 9.”
“CCTV footage of Ankur alighting at Bandra and at Nizamuddin railway station played a crucial role in identification of the accused. The watchman of a battery shop in Bhakra Beas Management Board colony in Narela is one of the witnesses. Ankur had stolen the acid from this store, which had stocked it for batteries,” a Crime Branch officer said.
“This was one of the most crucial cases for us, and a special team was formed after the sluggish probe by the GRP,” the senior officer said.