A 55-year-old woman died while her daughter-in-law suffered burns after unidentified men threw acid on them in their house in Badhalganj police station area in Gorakhpur Monday afternoon.The police have ruled out robbery as the motive even as family members are yet to inform about any valuables missing from the house.
The victims, identified as Vindhyavasini and Shilpi (32), were alone in the house when two persons entered the house from the back door and reportedly asked for the almirah keys. When Vindhyavasini refused to hand over the keys, the assailants allegedly threw acid on her and Shilpi who tried to intervene. According to DGP Headquarters, while Vindhyavasini died on the spot, Shilpi suffered 25 per cent burns on her hands and legs and is admitted at the hospital where doctors said her condition is stable.
Additional Superintendent of Police, Gorakhpur, Brajesh Kumar said, the motive behind the acid attack is not known yet as it is not a case of robbery.
Kumar added that the clothes and household things were found scattered and an almirah was lying opened in the room to mislead the police.
Station Officer, Badhalganj police station, P Srivastava said Vindhyavasini’s mouth was found stuffed with groundnut shells with burn injuries on her face. Another police official said the police are also probing how an empty bottle of acid recovered from the terrace reached there in the first place.
The police were notified about the incident after Shilpi called her husband, Ankit, who then contacted his neighbours for help.