Mumbai: More than three years after a Delhi nurse, Preeti Rathi, died following an acid attack, a Special Women’s Court on Tuesday convicted her obsessed neighbour Ankur Narayanlal Panwar for murder.
Additional Sessions Judge A.S. Shende found Panwar, 27, guilty of murder and causing grievous hurt by throwing acid under the Indian Penal Code.
“The convict had a one-sided love for the victim. He even asked her not to travel to Mumbai and the girl had rejected his marriage proposal,” Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told the media after the verdict.
“Out of jealousy, the convict attacked her with acid, which he purchased from New Delhi,” Nikam said.
The arguments on the quantum of the sentence will be taken up on Wednesday.
A resident of Narela in New Delhi, Rathi, 23, was attacked by acid thrown at her by Panwar shortly after she alighted from the Garib Rath Express train at Bandra terminus on the morning of May 2, 2013.
She succumbed to severe acid burns on June 1 that year.