Tension broke out at Bauria in Uluberia late night on Wednesday when a neighbour threw acid at the wife and daughter of a former jawan of the Indian Army.
Police said that dispute over distribution of power led to the incident and two persons were arrested in this connection.
A police officer said that the accused Sunil Singh and Gita Singh are the neighbours of the victim and they were keeping a watch on them.
They had seen the jawan’s wife and daughter going out of their house in evening. Sunil was waiting at a distance from their house to find when they were returning.
He found them coming back home after around three hours. Sunil ran back to his house and informed her wife. They got ready with a bottle containing acid and threw it at the wife of the jawan when she was passing in front of the accused’s house.
The woman received severe burn injuries. The jawan’s daughter also got injured in an attempt to save her mother.
Local people came out of their houses hearing the victims’ cry for help and took both of them to Bauria Hospital while a section of people caught the accused. The jawan’s wife was later shifted to Command Hospital as her condition deteriorated.
Local people later handed over the accused to the police. The investigating officer took the statement of the jawan’s daughter.
Police came to know from local people that the accused often used to create trouble over distribution of the power and cause inconvenience to most of the residents of the area.
The victims always used to speak against their activities and they were even threatened with dire consequences for speaking against the accused.
Some local people protested against the incident and they demanded proper punishment to the accused.
Meanwhile, mystery shrouds the death of a former Army jawan whose body was found in bushes beside a road in South 24 Parganas.
Police said that he went out of his house on Wednesday night.
Police are probing to ascertain whether there was any foul play or if he was killed after being hit by any vehicle on Wednesday night when he was returning home.