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Sikh family of 3 attacked with acid in Sonipat; Victims include 7 months old baby

October 6, 2013 | By

Sonipat, India (October 06, 2013): It is learnt that a Sikh family of three have been attacked with an acid when they were sleeping inside their residence at Shiv colony on Devru road of Sonepat town in the wee hours of October 06.

According to the Hindustan Times (HT): “[t]he victim identified as Baldev Singh,30, wife-Karamjit Kaur,27, and their seven month old daughter Khushpreet, who originally hail from Kaithal district sustained injuries into the incident. All were rushed to civil hospital, Sonepat, from where they were referred to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak. The condition of Karmjit Kaur is said to be critical”.

“As per details, Baldev, who works as submersible mechanic in Sonepat was sleeping with his wife and daughter on the first floot in a rented accommodation at the said place. Around, 3am, owner of house Sant Ram heard the cries of family members, who when rushed saw the acid spilled over their bodies and were crying in pain” HT report reads further.

According to information the police patrolling near the said location rushed the victims to hospital.

According to Times of India (TOI) “[a]ll the three have been rushed to PGIMS Rohtak. According to medical reports, Karamjit suffered 50% vision loss in addition to burn injuries on her face. Similarly, Baldev and Khushpreet too suffered burn injuries on their faces”.

Police have reportedly started investigations after registering an attempt to murder case registered at city police station, against the unidentified assailants.

The police reportedly said that a case has been registered against unidentified persons. Notably, Supreme court had directed, the Union home ministry and states to impose a ban on across the counter sale of acid in the wake of rising incidents of attacks on women using the chemical.

A case has reportedly been registered against unknown persons under 323(voluntarily causing hurt), 326(voluntarily causing grievous hurt) sections of Indian Penal Code.

According to TOI: “Investigations revealed that the assailant gained access to Baldev’s room by climbing down from a tree standing near the house. Since, the main entrance of the house was locked, it was the only way to gain access to the house, police said”.

DSP (headquarters) Sonepat, Satish Kumar, said that police are probing the motive behind the incident. Recently, Baldev had a spat with a co-mechanic. At the same time his wife also had an argument with a woman.

“Investigations are in progress and we are hopeful of cracking the case at the earliest. Police parties have been dispatched to question the co-mechanic who, according to Baldev, might be the person behind the incident,” the DSP said.

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