Preeti Rathi acid attack case: Prosecutor argues death was homicide

A relative of Rathi, Ankur Panwar, has been charged with murder after he allegedly flung acid at her at the Bandra railway terminus on May 2, 2013.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: August 24, 2016 1:05:49 am

SPECIAL PUBLIC prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, who is conducting the final arguments in the case of Bandra acid attack victim Preeti Rathi, argued Tuesday that her death was a homicide.

A relative of Rathi, Ankur Panwar, has been charged with murder after he allegedly flung acid at her at the Bandra railway terminus on May 2, 2013.

Rathi was travelling to Mumbai for a job at a nursing post with the Ministry of Defence at the INHS Asvini Hospital in Colaba.

She succumbed to her injuries a month later on June 1 at Bombay Hospital.

On Tuesday, Nikam referred to the evidence given by seven doctors who had treated her right from her admission to the hospital with critical burn injuries.

“The evidence of the doctors points out that Preeti had been taken to the hospital with her vocal chords and eyesight damaged along with bleeding to her internal organs which she succumbed to,” Nikam said.

He said the evidence negated the defence theory that Rathi’s death was caused due to medical negligence at the hospital.

Nikam further argued on the motive of the attack, claiming that the accused had tried pursuing her for marriage and warned her of bad consequences if she left Delhi for Mumbai to take up a job.

Arguments by Nikam will continue on Wednesday.

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