Nepal Police is zeroing in on a suspect of the acid attack on two school girls at a tuition center in Basantapur of Kathmandu on Sunday morning.
According to Metropolitan Police Circle Office, Janasewa, the two injured are Sangita Magar, 16, who is originally from Khaniya-8 Ramechhap and is currently residing in Jaisidewal, and Sima Basnet, 15, originally from Paurahi-1 of Rauthat district and currently residing in Bhimsensthan.
Preliminary investigation shows the incident was a “revenge attack” by boys from the same age group. “We are zeroing in on a suspect and will arrest him soon after we verify his involvement in the attack,” said DSP Bed Bahadur Bista, chief of Metropolitan Police Circle Office, Janasewa. However, the police refused to disclose his name saying the case is still under investigation.
According to the police, the two girls were attacked by a stranger, who fled the spot after hurling acid on the girls at the Jhonchhe, Basantapur-based Minus Plus institute, a tuition center for SLC appearing students. However, both the girls have claimed that they do not know the attacker.
As appears from the nature of the attack, Sangita was the prime target. But she is not in a position to speak to the police, DSP Bista said.
Police was preparing to take the girls for girls-friendly interrogation at Women Cell of Nepal Police based in Kalimati, Kathmandu. Sangita, who is receiving treatment at Kathmandu Medical College, has sustained burn injuries to her face, abdomen, chest and thighs, while Sima, who was rushed to Bir Hospital has injuries to her face, said the police. Of the two Sangita is a student of Shanti Nikunja School at Maruhiti and Sima is student of Kantishwari Kanya Bidhyalaya. Police said they are yet to get the test report of the acid used in the attack.