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MUMBAI: "Maine Bambai me ek ladki par acid feka kar jala diya hai. (I threw acid and burnt a girl in Mumbai)", Ankur Panwar (23), the accused in the Preeti Rathi acid attack case, reportedly told his cousin Ravi.

Ravi, who runs a garage in Gurgaon, told the police that after throwing acid at Preeti on May 2, 2013, Ankur returned to Delhi, but instead to going to his house, he came to meet him. Ravi claimed that after confessing to the crime, Ankur kept quiet for a long time. When Ravi questioned Ankur further, he told him he had lied and started laughing.

Ravi's statement is part of the 1,322-page chargesheet filed before the 37th metropolitan magistrate on Wednesday. In the chargesheet, the police said Ankur threw acid at Preeti, his neighbour from Narela near Delhi, because of jealousy and unrequited love.

The police have also annexed Ankur's mobile phone records and Preeti's medical reports, including the post-mortem, and the forensic report of the acid used in the crime.

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). On May 2, 2013, as Preeti, her father, uncle and aunt got off at Bandra Terminus, a masked man threw acid at her. Preeti was to join the Army Medical College in Colaba as a nurse.

On January 17, 2014, the crime branch arrested Ankur. Ankur's mother, Kailashrani had said, "When the police brought him home on January 21, Ankur told me 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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