Ludhiana, Dec 08, 2013 –
Main accused Vishal Garg and Kuldeep Singh are among three of the victim's colleagues arrested in Saturday's case of acid attack on a bride inside a local beauty salon.
The three women injured are in stable condition. The fourth, another bride, was discharged on Saturday. "(Main victim) Harpreet Kaur has 50% burns, while (Lakme Salon beauticians) Geeta and Amarjit Kaur have 5 to 10% burns," said Dr Sanjiv Uppal, head of the plastic surgery department at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH).
On Monday, doctors will examine the eyesight of Harpreet Kaur for damage, Dr GS Bajwa, head of the hospital's ophthalmology department, has confirmed.
Accused Vishal Garg, Kuldeep Singh and Manjit Singh, who are under police interrogation, work with Harpreet Kaur in a Barnala automobile agency.
The names were confirmed from other sources after police commissioner Nirmal Singh Dhillon declined to disclose the identities. "The hunt is still on for more accused," said Dhillon.
Surinder Singh, father of accused Kuldeep Singh, claimed Ludhiana police had arrested his son on Saturday afternoon at his workplace in Barnala. The house of victim Harpreet Kaur at Fateh Nagar on the Dhanola road in the same town is locked; the family has been not returned since Saturday and there's gloom in the locality after the incident.
On Saturday, a masked miscreant had thrown acid on Harpreet Kaur in Navita Goel's Lakme beauty salon at Sarabha Nagar in Ludhiana a few hours before her marriage, and spilled the chemical on three other women as well.
Police have found that the accused had fake-number plate on their car, "the getaway vehicle". The number belongs to a motorcycle registered in Bathinda.
Ludhiana: The letter dropped in the salon after throwing acid on the bride and three other women had been written to mislead police.
The attacker knew police would take the note as a clue. Written in Punjabi and addressed to victim Harpreet Kaur, the letter signed Vishal Garg suggests that about a year ago, they married in court after a three-year love affair. It also suggests he could not tolerate her marrying someone else. The postscript reads: "I love you."
Police have found the claims in the letter false. It was Kuldeep Singh who was after Harpreet Kaur and she had even lodged a police complaint against him of stalking. About three months ago, Kuldeep Singh had apologised and agreed not to annoy her again. The letter mentioned that Garg would commit suicide after the attack; but now tables seem to have turned on Kuldeep Singh.
Tarsem Singh Deogan - *HT Media Ltd.