After residents protest,police add murder attempt charge

The Vanrai police,who are probing acid attack on an estate agent abducted from Goregaon on Monday night,added an attempt to murder charge in the case on Wednesday after residents protested outside the police station.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: June 21, 2012 2:28:48 am

The Vanrai police,who are probing acid attack on an estate agent abducted from Goregaon (East) on Monday night,added an attempt to murder charge in the case on Wednesday after residents protested outside the police station.

The police also said it had been established from the victim’s statement that eight people were involved in the case and not four as was initially believed.

The case was transferred from Kashimira police — in whose jurisdiction the victim was left abandoned — to the Vanrai police on Wednesday. The police said no arrests or detentions had been made in the case yet. A mob of around 25 to 30 friends and relatives of the victim,Doodnath Verma,gathered outside the police station on Wednesday,demanding that attempt to murder charge be included in the the FIR filed against the accused.

“The statement of the victim was re-recorded,based on which we have added Section 307 of the Indian Penal Code for attempt to murder against the accused,” said Suresh Shinde,senior inspector of Vanrai police.

Police said three teams are at work to nab the accused and added that since Verma had not noticed the registration number of the car that he was abducted in,it was difficult for them to track down its owner.

“The victim was blindfolded throughout the journey to Dahisar check post,” said an officer from Vanrai police.

Meanwhile,Divesh Yadav,the victim’s lawyer said,“The accused poured acid into his eyes four times at intervals of one hour.” Verma is a resident of Kanyapada in the Gokuldham area of Goregaon (East) where he lives with his wife and three children. On Monday night,unidentified men had kidnapped him from the area. After throwing acid on his eyes,ears and mouth,the kidnappers abandoned him on the highway near Mira Road.

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