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Miscreants hurl acid on gang of girls from running taxi

Kolkata: An incident of acid attack took place on Panditiya road in the city triggering panic among locals. Six girls were injured in the incident.
It took place on Sunday night when some unidentified miscreants hurled acid on the victims from a running taxi.
According to police, the victims were walking along the Panditiya road at around 10 pm when the miscreants, travelling in a taxi, threw acid on them.
Six girls were injured in the incident. Some of the victims suffered serious burn injuries on their faces and various parts of their bodies.
They were taken to SSKM Hospital. Eye witnesses told the police that the taxi was running at a high speed along the Panditiya road. The driver slowed down a little when the locals shouted at the driver. Alerted by the screaming victims, locals rushed to the spot and took them to SSKM.
While some others chased the taxi and finally managed the get hold of it on Harish Mukherjee road. Some of the victims told the police that there were three youths inside the vehicle apart from the driver.
They managed flee by the time locals intercepted it. The taxi driver also managed to escape by biting the hand of a person who tried to catch him.
An irate mob then ransacked the taxi. Police reached the spot and seized the vehicle.
According to local sources, those who were inside the vehicle appeared to be in a drunken state.
One of them stretched his hand out of the window and hurled acid on the girls who were passing the area.
The victims felt a burning sensation and screamed for help. They were shifted to SSKM Hospital.
The family members of the victims lodged a complaint at the Rabindra Sarovar police station, based on which police have started a probe. Investigators are yet to confirm whether it was acid or any other chemical.
Police are yet to ascertain why the youth attacked the woman with acid. They suspect that there might be some old rivalry between the women and the youth.
Police also suspect that the taxi driver was a part of the conspiracy. Raids are being conducted to nab the culprits.
Police are investigating whether the youth had just targeted one of the girls or to spread tension in the area. They are trying to find out if any of the girls had any relationship with any of the assailants.
A search is also going on to arrest the taxi driver identified as Riki who has been absconding since Sunday night.

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