Stalker found dead after acid attack on woman
A young gym trainer was injured when a man who had been stalking her for a long time threw acid at her near Rama Krishna Hotel in old city on Friday, minutes after she tried to complain against him at the nearest police station but was redirected to another station where she had filed her previous complaints.
Sajay Patil, the alleged stalker who knew Renu Sahu’s family for a long time, was found dead soon after at the same spot where the acid attack took place. Police said though they were told that the middle-aged Patil stabbed himself they were not ruling out other possibilities.
Renu was on way to Ironman Gym when she saw Patil who had been harassing her for a long time and reached Ashoka Garden Police Station to complain against him. “They refused to take cognizance of my pleas and asked me to approach Bajaria Police Station,” Renu said from a private hospital where she was admitted. When she was on way to the Bajaria Police Station, Patil first started arguing with her and then threw acid.
The condition of Renu, who suffered burns on her face, was stated to be stable. She spoke to reporters and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan who called on her in the afternoon. He said the government would bear the cost of her treatment.
Patil, a father of three, knew Renu’s family since 1997, the year she lost her father. She said she had rebuffed the real estate broker several times in the past one-and-a-half years when he started troubling her but he was adamant. She lodged a complaint against him on May 17 at the Bajaria Police Station.
A sub-inspector each from Bajaria and Ashoka Garden Police stations were suspended and the in-charge of Bajaria Police Station was attached to police lines for negligence.
The gym owner said he took Renu to hospital on his own because police wanted to take her and Patil together. “She was in pain but they were delaying things,” he alleged. It was unclear how Patil died because Renu said she was unaware of what happened after the attack.
SP (North) Arvind Saxena told The Indian Express that the police would wait for the autopsy report before commenting on Patil’s death. He said the acid victim had seen one Shahzad with Patil in the morning. Shahzad, a brother of Patil’s friend, fled from the spot.
The Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission sent a notice to the DGP asking why Renu was sent to another police station while the accused waited outside for her.
Source:: Indian Express