In a shocking incident, a spurned lover attacked a woman with acid on on the outskirts of the town on Monday afternoon.
The victim had earlier complained to the police about the threats of the attacker but no action was taken, the victim’s family members alleged.
The victim, N Vani, is studying B.Com final year at a private college in the town. She was on her way to her residence, near the residence of former president of India Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy, after alighting from the college bus on NH-44 when the attack took place.
The attacker is Raghava, who also hails from Mudigubba, the native place of Vani. He runs flower trade at the Mudigubba mandal headquarters. Raghava used to stalk Vani in the name of love, II Town circle inspector M Mansooruddin said. Vani had made it clear to Raghava that she was not interested in him and rejected his love but the man continued to stalk her. Coming to know of it, Vani’s father Ramakrishna had lodged a complaint with the Mudigubba police three months ago but the police failed to act on the complaint.
As Raghava continued to stalk her, Vani warned him a couple of days ago against following her. The warning made Raghava nurse a grudge against the girl and attack her with acid. While she was on her way home after getting down from the college bus, Raghava, riding a motorcycle along with another man, poured acid on Vani’s face and fled. Some passersby, who saw the attack, informed the police and took the girl to the government hospital where she is said to be out of danger.
Though the attackers wore helmets Vani identified Raghava and narrated the whole incident to the police. Police registered a case and launched a search for the accused.
The girl’s relatives and fellow students staged a protest outside the district superintendent’s office demanding the arrest of the accused at the earliest and severe punishment to him.