In a new twist to the September 2 ‘acid attack’ on degree student Vani in the heart of the town, police on Thursday said that the girl had enacted the ‘acid attack’ drama to take revenge against her former lover and his friend.
District Superintendent of Police S Syam Sunder, who had supervised the investigation into the alleged attack, told newsmen that while the girl had procured diluted acid and poured it on herself and got admitted in a local hospital, the alleged attacker P Raghavendra alias Raghu was not even in Anantapur that day. The ‘attack’ had created a sensation in the State with Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy also taking a serious view of it and asking officials to shift her to NIMS hospital in Hyderabad for better treatment.
The district police administration had swung into action with protests across the district condemning the attack and the district judge too visiting the hospital.
They had even nabbed Raghavendra and his friend Ramakrishna following a complaint by Vani. Raghavendra and the girl were in love earlier but they later separated after he decided to marry another girl.
Meanwhile, during investigation into the ‘acid attack’, police found --through Raghvendra’s mobile calls--that he and Ramakirshna were at the flower market in Battulapalle village at time of the ‘acid attack’ on the girl in Anantapur town.
Investigators doubted the version of the girl and started an in-depth probe in which the truth came to light. “Vani wanted to take revenge against Raghavendra and planned the ‘acid attack’ drama,’’ Syam Sunder said.
Vani asked her friend Mahesh to procure some acid for her and Mahesh, with the help of his friend Suresh, procured the acid from T Ibrahim, who works in the horticultural department at Mudigubba. He then gave it to Vani without even asking her what she intended to do with it, the SP said.