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Woman dies, spouse and sons injured in acid attack

Woman dies, spouse and sons injured in acid attack

TOBA TEK SINGH: Police on Thursday registered a case under anti-terrorism act against two people and arrested them for allegedly throwing acid on a couple and their two children here on Wednesday night at Chak 92-JB.

According to Gojra Saddar police, suspect Muhammad Safdar, a building technician, would allegedly harass a girl of the village. The girl’s parents lodged a complaint with the village elders who called a panchayat.

The elders decided to ban entry of the suspect into the village for six months. The suspect left the village and nurtured a grudge against the family.

On Wednesday night, he along with his friend Muhammad Ali came to the village, allegedly threw acid on girl’s mother Sakina, father Anwar and two siblings Mohsin (8) and Adil (6) when they were asleep outside their house in the street.

The girl remained safe as she was asleep inside the house. He poured acid into the mouth of Sakina.

The family was rushed to Gojra THQ hospital where doctors referred them to Faisalabad’s Allied hospital. Later, [expectant] Sakina succumbed to her burns while others were being treated.

District Police Officer Zulfiqar Ahmad told a press conference that the police arrested both suspects and registered a case under section 7 of ATA and 302, 324 and 336 B/34 of PPC. He said an [empty] acid bottle was also recovered from the suspects.

FASTING CAMP: A labour leader observing hunger strike at Shahbaz Chowk was treated at the Toba Tek Singh DHQ Hospital when his condition deteriorated on the third day of his hunger strike on Thursday.

After four hours when his condition improved, Muhammad Shabbir returned to the camp and announced that he would continue fasting in support of kiln workers.

The sit-in of kiln workers also continued on the seventh consecutive day at camp on Thursday. They also burnt effigy of a Labour Welfare Department officer.

Kiln workers demand the implementation of the Punjab government’s notification under which Rs1,110 per 1,000 bricks are fixed as wages for them.

Published in Dawn, September 14th, 2018

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