Kochi: On Saturday, a guy brandishing a machete attacked a woman from West Bengal on Kaloor's Azad Road. Witnesses claim that the incident occurred in broad daylight after a dispute between the man and two ladies at around 11 a.m.
According to reports, the man tried to use the machete to strike one of the women in the head. Her friend intervened and stepped in. But the attack left the former with serious injuries. Police reported that Sandhya, a 25-year-old West Bengali native, had bruises on her hand and back when she was checked into a private hospital in Ernakulam.
Farooq, a West Bengal native and the suspected attacker, fled the scene on a motorcycle, and now police is looking for him. In Kaloor, Sandhya was employed by a salon.
“She and a friend were stopped by Farooq on Nilavarath Lane, on Azad Road, while they were walking to work. Following a verbal spat, he pulled out the machete and attacked Sandhya. However, both women resisted him but Sandhya suffered an injury to her hand. The attack was aimed at her neck.” The New Indian Express quoted a police officer.
A few nearby citizens hurried to the scene and made an effort to stop the attacker. But he was able to get away. The people at the site provided injured Sandhya with first aid and took her to a private hospital.
Friendship gone sour
As per reports, Sandhya and Farooq worked together at a Kollam spa. Sandhya had just moved to Kochi when their friendship started to deteriorate. After that, Farooq travelled to Kochi in search of Sandhya after landing a job in Tripunithura.
Sandhya started working at the Kaloor spa, and it has been only eight days since she started there. She is residing in a residence on Azad Road that the company has provided. According to the police, Sandhya's coworkers don't know much about her either because she just started a week ago.
Police are collecting CCTV footage from the surrounding areas.
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