DINDIGUL: Nilakottai Police arrested Natesan of Kokkupatti, brother-in-law of Uma (name changed), in connection with the acid attack case, on Thursday. The 17-year-old girl, a survivor of a previous acid attack when she was preparing for her class X exams, had gone to her sister’s house last Friday. Since the house was under renovation, the front door was not missing and Uma was sleeping near the door.
Uma told Express that at around midnight, she felt someone’s hand on her forehead. When she tried to get up, the man held her down by her hair and poured acid on her forehead. When she screamed for help, the man took to his heels and escaped into the darkness.
She was rushed to the Nilakottai GH on August 6, where it came to light that it was a low-powered acid used to clean silver vessels. A special team led by Pandiammal, sub-inspector, attached to Nilakottai police station that was formed to investigate the case, found out that Natesan was working in a silver manufacturing unit. The team then conducted an inquiry with a few of the workers in the unit and also questioned Natesan. A scientific officer came to the spot and inspected the area and gave a report to the police.
Meanwhile, under the directions Sakthivel, Superintendent of Police, the team sent the medical certificate and other documents to the district administration to get compensation for the girl.
Nilakottai Police then registered a case against Natesan and arrested him. He was later remanded in judicial custody. It is still not clear if he was involved in any of the incidents as he has not confessed yet. Further investigations are on.