Acid attack: Nurse was harassed on Facebook too

Accused hacked her profile and sent lewd messages to her friends, say police

By Author  |  Published: 15th May 2018  11:15 pm
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Hyderabad: Pramod, suspect in the acid attack case on the staff nurse of Apollo Hospitals here last week, had earlier proposed to marry her but she refused and avoided him. He bore a grudge against her and came to the city to convince her or to take revenge if she refused his proposal again. Pramod had earlier harassed the victim through Facebook.

Pramod, who fled the spot after attacking the victim, was arrested from Kerala on Monday and brought to Hyderabad.

Confirming the arrest on Tuesday, City Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar said Pramod was arrested from a remote village near Palakkad in Kerala by the special team with the help of local police.

“The nurse in her statement said that the suspect, who is from the same place as her, was known to her and had earlier proposed to her. However, she refused and avoided him. Since then, he bore a grudge against her,” Anjani Kumar said.

Last Friday, Pramod, who had pre-planned the attack, spoke to the woman for a few minutes trying to convince her. When she refused his proposal and started walking away, he threw the acid on her shoulder from behind.

The Commissioner said they took the case seriously and formed eight special teams, which were sent to various places, including Bengaluru and Kerala, to nab Pramod. He was traced using analysis of call data and witnesses, but getting him was not an easy task, he said.

“After searching places, we zeroed in on Palakkad. He was caught about 80 kilometres deep inside the forest from the Palakkad headquarters in a remote village called Attapadi,” said Anjani Kumar.

Further investigation revealed that Pramod had earlier harassed the woman through Facebook as well, by hacking her profile and sending lewd messages to her friends.

He was brought to Hyderabad in a flight in Monday night and was produced before court on Tuesday, which remanded him in judicial custody.

Pramod had on last Thursday hurled the diluted version of an acid usually used to clean toilet on the victim, near the girls’ hostel on the premises of Apollo Hospital. The victim, who works in the operation theatre in the hospital, suffered minor burns on her shoulder and is currently recovering.