Mumbai: Three days after a 24-year-old
Malwani-based caterer was held in connection with an acid
attack on his former female tenant, his mother was arrested
for her suspected role in the crime, police said
On Wednesday, the accused, Nasir Shaikh alias Pintu, was
apprehended from Malwani area after an unidentified person
threw acid on Nallasopara resident Aarti Thakur (22) outside
Goregaon railway station, police said.
"Shaikh`s mother Manju Anwar Ali Shaikh was also nabbed
yesterday as we suspect that she and her son conspired and
gave contract to the other person to attack Thakur," P M
Karyakarte, senior inspector at Borivali railway police
station, said, adding that two more are likely to be arrested.
Thakur, who works for a private firm in suburban Goregaon,
was attacked as she was punching her coupon outside Goregaon
railway station while speaking over phone.
The motive behind the attack is not yet clear as the
accused are not co-operating and are denying their role in the
crime, an official said.
"Thakur used to stay on rent in the house belonging to
Shaikh in Malwani. Shaikh used to tell his sister to avoid
talking to Thakur for some reason," said another police
Aarti had been first attacked in November last year,
when she was walking in Malwani. The second attack occurred in
December. Both the times, she was attacked on her face with a
small knife, but the perpetrators are yet to be identified.
The mother-son duo have been booked under section 307
(attempt to murder) and 120 (B)(punishment of criminal