KARACHI: A judicial magistrate on Monday remanded a man in police custody for three days in an acid attack case.

The suspect, Iftikhar Hussain, said to be a teacher, had allegedly threw acid on a female student and her two maternal uncles in a private coaching centre near Nipa, within the remit of the Aziz Bhatti police station.

The 20-year-old victim and her uncles, Noman and Faizan, had sustained burn injuries in the attack.

On Monday, the investigation officer (IO) produced the suspect before the judicial magistrate (East) and sought his 14-day remand.

However, the court remanded him in police custody for three days and directed the IO to produce the suspect on March 7.

According to the FIR, after completion of her IT course, the victim girl had gone the institute to collect her certificate. However, the suspect misbehaved with her. Upon returning home, she informed her uncles about the incident. Later, she again went there along with her maternal uncles to resolve the issue but a verbal altercation took place between both sides.

It said the suspect threw a bottle containing acid at them, resulting in burn injuries. The suspect had also sustained burn injuries.

The girl and her two uncles were shifted to the Burns Centre of the Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital Karachi, where they called 15 and registered a complaint against the suspect under Section 336-B (causing hurt by corrosive substance) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Subsequently, the police arrested Iftikhar on Sunday and recovered the bottle containing acid from his possession.

The complainant stated that the victim girl had completed her first year IT course and paid Rs21,000 fee but Iftikhar had not issued her a certificate.

Published in Dawn, March 5th, 2024

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