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Man climbs 2 floors, throws acid on 3 Dalit sisters sleeping at home: Police

Lucknow: Three Dalit sisters — aged 8, 12 and 17 years — were attacked with inflammable liquid, suspected to be acid, while they were sleeping inside their house in Uttar Pradesh's Gonda district in the early hours of Tuesday, said police officials.

Officers said the preliminary inquiry suggested that the inflammable liquid was thrown from the open window of the house; the eldest sister suffered major injuries on face and chest while two other sisters have minor injuries on hands. They said all three have been admitted to the Gonda district hospital where they are being treated and investigation is underway.

A senior police officer said the eldest sibling has told them that the accused, identified as Ashish, had been stalking her. The accused was arrested after an encounter with police personnel later in the evening.

The officials confirmed the three sisters are from Dhobi community and fall under the Scheduled Caste category.

A police official at DGP headquarters in Lucknow said the incident took place in Paska village under Paraspur police station limits of Gonda at around 2.30 am on intervening night of Monday and Tuesday. He said the initial probe revealed that the girls were sleeping in the room on the second floor of the house and the attacker climbed up to throw acid from the open window.

He said the sequence of events suggested that the attacker was aware about the family and knew that the girl sleeps in a room on the second floor.

With agency inputs

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