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Crime Patrol: Preeti Rathi case: Bandra acid attacker had confessed to cousin, police says (Episode 347, 348 on 14, 15 March 2014)

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Mumbai, Maharashtra - May, 2013

Accused confesses to throwing acid at Preeti Rathi

Ankur Panwar (23), the accused in the Preeti Rathi acid attack case, reportedly confessed to his cousin Ravi that he threw acid and burnt a girl in Mumbai. Ravi, who runs a garage in Gurgaon, told the police that after committing the crime, Ankur came to meet him instead of going home. Ravi claimed that after confessing to the crime, Ankur kept quiet for a long time before admitting that he had lied and started laughing.

The police have filed a 1,322-page chargesheet against Ankur, which includes Ravi's statement. According to the chargesheet, Ankur threw acid at Preeti, his neighbour from Narela near Delhi, because of jealousy and unrequited love. The Mumbai crime branch has made Ravi a key witness in the case and booked Ankur under IPC sections 302 (murder), 326-A (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by use of acid), 326-B (voluntarily throwing or attempting to throw acid).

Preeti, who was to join the Army Medical College in Colaba as a nurse, was attacked on May 2, 2013, as she got off at Bandra Terminus with her father, uncle and aunt. Ankur was arrested on January 17, 2014, and confessed to his mother, Kailashrani, that he had thrown the acid on Preeti. Preeti's aunt and uncle—Sunita and Vinod Dahiya—are also witnesses in the case.

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