Kendrapara (Odisha): A jilted lover who had allegedly assaulted a 22-year-old unmarried girl by throwing acid on her at Badanaukana village under Rajnagar police station jurisdiction on September 6, was arrested on Saturday, police said.
He was nabbed from a village in West Bengal while the police also arrested another person who helped the accused to flee from the village.
“The offender Alekh Mandal was nabbed from Baunsagada village under Purba Medinipur district of West Bengal. With active assistance of officials of Khejuri police in Bengal, the Bengali-speaking migrant settler was picked from a relative’s house,” said Kendrapara Superintendent of Police, Rabi Narayan Behera.
The accused Mandal who has confessed to the crime, was brought to Kendrapara today. The accused admitted that he committed the crime in a fit of rage after she turned down his proposal for love.
The victim, who had received about 40 per cent burn injuries, is fast recovering. She is out of danger. We have recorded her statement on the crime, he said.
Mandal who was a quack and doing roaring practice in the village, had fled to neighbouring Shailendranarayanpur village where Bhanu Das provided him shelter. Later he escaped to Dhamra in Bhadrak district from where he made his way to Kolkata by a private bus.
Later he had moved to Baunsagada village under Khejuri police station jurisdiction where some of his relatives stayed. The unsuspecting relatives extended hospitality to Mandal as they had no slightest inkling of the commission of offence by Mandal.
Police tracked him down by electronic tracking system. "We had sought the help of our counterpart in West Bengal. A special Squad constituted for the purpose by Kendrapara police apprehended him in Khejuri police station area with local police help", the SP Behera said.
24-year-old Mandal and Bhanu Das were produced at the court and later sent to jail following rejection of their bail applications.