NAMAKKAL: In yet another acid attack, a 50-year-old nurse employed at a government hospital was targeted by a bike-borne duo while she was on her way home after finishing the day’s work on Tuesday.
The victim, S Vijayakumari, left the health sub-centre at Elupuli after work and was on her way home riding pillion with a man identified as Narayanan.
While they were moving between Manickampalayam primary health centre and the bus stop, a bike-borne duo overtook their two-wheeler and one of them threw acid on the nurse.
Locals rescued rushed her to Manickampalayam primary health centre for first aid. Later, the nurse was moved to Government District Headquarters Hospital in Namakkal.
One of the doctors, who attended on the nurse, said “The woman had sustained injuries on her right eye, neck, chest and back. We are trying to save her eye which has been badly affected in the attack.”
Narayanan also suffered minor injuries on her back.
State Industries Minister P Thangamani and top officials, including District Collector V Dakshinamoorthy and Superintendent of Police (SP) S R Senthilkumar, visited Vijayakumari at the hospital.
Police have formed special squads to probe the incident. “We have formed special teams to crack the case. The identity of the attackers is not yet known. However, we hope to trace them soon,” a senior police officer told Express.
It may be noted that a similar acid attack was reported in Namakkal town in April, 2013 when a man threw acid on her 27-year-old wife. He had perpetrated the crime as he had doubts regarding his wife’s character.