Accused in Acid Attack case gets Capital Punishment

A special women’s court in Mumbai convicted and sentenced capital punishment to Ankur Lal Panwar for pouring acid on Delhi based  then 24 years Preeti Rathi on 02/05/2013, who later died for multiple organ failure after suffering from stiff internal injuries.

Earlier, special Judge Mr. A S Shende found Ankur guilty under Sections 302 and 326B of Indian Penal Code after lengthy argument by Special Public Prosecutor Ujjawal Nikkam and defence lawyer Apecsha Vohra. While argument on sentence prosecution argued the case to be “rarest of rare” and thereby fit for capital punishment, the defense pleaded leniency due to young age of accused. The same was rebutted by prosecution his release after completion of sentence may become risky for other girls.

According to police, Preeti shifted to Mumbai as she got a nursing job with INHS Asvini Hospital, whereas Ankur, who was Preeti’s neighbor in Bhakra Beas Management Board Colony in Delhi was unhappy over it and was jealous over her career growth. As per 1332 page charge sheet filed by Mumbai Police, Ankur wanted to deface Preeti to extinguish her career and hence as soon as she de-boarded Garib Rath Express at Bandra Terminus, he threw acid on her face.

It was difficult for Mumbai Police to reach Ankur as he had covered his face while doing offence, hence could not be traced on CCTV Camera footage alone. But after thorough enquiry, a long chase come to end, when crime branch of Mumbai Police found Ankur. Trial in this case prolonged to 3 years's and finally judgement was delivered to uphold justice.