PATNA: A 30-year-old married woman was beaten to death and acid was poured into the eyes and mouth of a man she was accused of committing adultery with in a village in Bihar’s Araria district. Police said on Friday that Ghanshyam Singh, 35, who suffered acid injuries on his eyes and mouth, is under treatment at a hospital in Forbesganj. “He was also beaten up badly before being attacked with acid by a group of some 15 people. He is out of danger,” said Forbesganj sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) Ajit Kumar Singh.
Singh was attacked when he was allegedly seen in the company of Parasmani Devi, the wife of Jahra Yadav, in her house at Madhura Uttar under Narpatganj police station on Tuesday night. Parasmani died on the spot after the villagers beat her up mercilessly, said sources.
By the time police reached her house after someone tipped them off, her family and the villagers had cremated her body. Police took a badly battered Singh, wounded and gasping for breath, to a local primary healthcare centre, from where he was sent to a private hospital in Forbesganj.
“We are investigating the whole matter. Although Ghanshyam Singh, who is a neighbour of Jahra Yadav, claims that he was attacked in a dispute over tying cattle for grazing, several people said the dispute stemmed from an adulterous relation,” said the SDPO.
Although four people have been named as accused in the case, nobody was arrested till Friday evening.
The SDPO did not confirm whether Parasmani was murdered or whether she was dead yet. “It (murder allegation) is yet to be ascertained. We are looking into the matter,” said Singh.
Mahesh Kumar, the station-house officer of Narpatganj police station who is probing the case, did not receive several calls made to his mobile phone. This is the second incident of acid being used to attack people in Bihar in a week.