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Acid Thrown On Muslim Girl In Haridwar, Allegedly To Force Her Family To Leave 'Hindu' Area

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Acid Thrown On Muslim Girl In Haridwar, Allegedly To Force Her Family To Leave 'Hindu' Area

A 20-year-old postgraduate student of a Haridwar college sustained severe burn injuries after two motorcycle-borne men threw acid at her at Lal Pul near Jawalapur in Haridwar on Monday morning.

Acid Thrown On Muslim Girl In Haridwar, Allegedly To Force Her Family To Leave 'Hindu' Area


The girl, who belongs to the Muslim community, alleged that she was attacked because the men wanted her family to leave the locality they were staying. The area is said to be a predominantly Hindu area of about 200 houses in which the victim's family are the only Muslims.

The girl, who is currently admitted to a government hospital, said that one of her attackers, who has been identified as Sudhir Singh Tomar, a 45-year-old retired Army jawan, had also entered her house on May 25 at about 11 pm when her parents were not at home.

She alleged that he had threatened her with a pistol and sexually assaulted her, saying that her family should leave the colony as they were Muslims. She repeated the allegations in front of the local cops and the next day she, along with her mother, filed a police complaint.

A counter report was subsequently filed by Tomar alleging that the girl's family had attacked him and his friend. He added that the girl's family was building a house in the locality and had allegedly encroached upon the colony land, and he was trying to stop that.

Meanwhile, the girl's mother alleged that their family was living in the locality since 1996 and had started building another house in October last year. 

"The construction of this house is being objected to by the people in the area on the ground that we are Muslims. The people in the colony instead want to build a temple at the plot, and want to drive us out." 

Police officials said that they had earlier received complaints by the residents of the area regarding unauthorised construction by the girls' family and the current matter also seemed to pertain to this dispute. Jwalapur police station in charge Amarjit Singh said that a case has been registered under Section 326 (A) of the IPC against Sudhir Tomar and his accomplice Vinit Saini for throwing acid at the girl.

Meanwhile, the doctor attending on the survivor said she had sustained burn injuries on her upper arm, left scapula and right hand besides having blisters on other parts of the body. He described her condition as "serious" and said she was currently under observation.