A 48-year-old estate agent from Goregaon (East) was abducted,attacked with acid and abandoned on the highway near Mira Road by four persons on Monday night. According to the police,the incident was the fallout of a property dispute between the victim,Doodhnath Verma,and a builder.
The Kashimira police registered a case of kidnapping,robbery and assault,which was later transferred to the Vanrai police in Goregaon (East),said assistant inspector Vaibhav Shingare.
A Kashimira police patrol team spotted Verma on the highway and took him to Bhagwati Hospital in Borivali. Verma,the police said,was barely able to speak. He told the police that he owned a hutment at Kanyapada in Goregaon (East). A few years ago,he and 750 other hut owners had entered into an agreement with the builder who was to provide them with houses in return of developing the area under the Slum Rehabilitation Authority scheme.
According to Verma,while the builder handed over homes to 500 people,the remaining 250,including him,were still staying in a transit camp. I had asked the builder to give me an alternative home first and then demolish my hut. In the past,the builder had tried to demolish my hut thrice,but I sought a stay order from the High Court, he added.
Verma said he had gone to the HC to get an extension on the stay order and was abducted and attacked on his way back near Goregaon (East). He said the four car-borne accused beat him up,threw acid on his face and dumped him on the highway.
Doctors said Verma suffered burns on his eyes and ears. His lungs and other internal organs were also affected due to the acid. According to doctors,Vermas eyes were severely affected and he may lose vision.