Acid attack on woman: Accused husband, acid seller arrested from Kolkata

Balasore: Chandan Kumar Rana, the key accused in the acid attack on his second wife Banita Singh on February 20, has been arrested from Kolkata including another man who had sold acid to Chandan.

This was informed by Balasore SP Sagarika Nath in a press conference held here today afternoon.

Chandan had absconded soon after committing the crime and five police teams were formed to nab the accused. Three of the teams were in search of Chandan in Kolkata, Maharashtra and Tamilnadu.

Chandan admitted to his crime before Balasore Police saying that he was keen to reside with his second wife, but Banita had not agreed to it. The accused became outrageous leading to the acid attack.

“Chandan had gone to take revenge on Banita and carried petrol and a matchbox with him. The arrested acid seller had also accompanied him. Soon after committing the crime, Chandan fled to Jaleswar riding a motorcycle and then left for Kolkata. His first wife assisted the two accused in fleeing,” said Nath.

It is pertinent to mention, Banita succumbed to injuries on February 26 while undergoing treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital (SCBMCH) in Cuttack. The victim woman belonged to Bhimpura village located under Sahadevkhunta police limits on the outskirts of Balasore town in this district. She was earlier shifted from Balasore district headquarters hospital (DHH) to SCBMCH for treatment after her condition had deteriorated. She was then admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital.

Chandan had absconded soon after committing the heinous crime. The 20-year-old woman and younger daughter of Kartik Singh from Bhimpura had a love affair with Chandan from Nayapatana village.

Chandan is a local goldsmith and was doing business in nearby villages. He used to move from door to door for this purpose. Both Banita and Chandan had got married nearly one and a half months ago.

A few days after her marriage, Banita came to know that Chandan had already married another woman.

This issue had led to an altercation between the newlywed couple. Things took an ugly turn when in a fit of rage, Chandan poured acid on Banita leaving her severely injured on the intervening day.

The elder sister of Banita and the former’s two kids had also sustained severe injuries in the acid attack.

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