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Jun 03, 2013 at 06:56pm IST

Acid attack: Maharashtra government to hand over Preeti Rathi case to CBI

New Delhi/Mumbai: Hours after the Maharashtra government said that the case of acid attack victim Preeti Rathi would be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the family has said they would perform the last rites of the 23-year-old in New Delhi on Monday. The family had earlier said that the body won't be cremated until the Maharashtra government orders a CBI probe into the case. The girl's family had also threatened to block roads at the Delhi-Haryana border in protest.

An unidentified man had flung acid on Preeti Rathi, who hailed from New Delhi, when she got down from Garib Rath Express at Bandra Terminus in Mumbai on May 2. She was supposed to join the Colaba Naval Hospital 'INS Ashwini' as a staff nurse. Preeti died on Sunday after being on ventilator support for two weeks. Her right lung had suffered severe damage in the acid attack and a few complications had also developed in her upper respiratory system.

After Preeti succumed to her injuries, her family had met Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil and had pressed for a CBI probe. Alok Dixit of 'Stop Acid Attacks' campaign, who also met Patil had told reporters, "He (RR Patil) assured us of CBI probe into Preeti's death after we put the demand before him today". Five persons from various parts of the country, who survived acid attacks earlier, were also part of the delegation. They came to Mumbai for extending moral support to the victim's family.

The "Stop Acid Attack" campaigners also submitted a memorandum to the Home Minister expressing anguish over the pace of probe being conducted by the GRP into acid attack on Preeti. "It's alarming to witness the threat women face at public places in this state. But what scares us more is the absolute lack or negligent investigation. It has been found that the accused arrested by the GRP was present in another state at the time of the crime and is a friend of the victim, as claimed by the father," the memorandum said.

Meanwhile, BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on Monday slammed the Prithviraj Chavan government's Rs 2 lakh compensation to the family. "The compensation of mere 2 Lac Rupees by Maharashtra Government is grossly inadequate. It is adding insult to the injury," she tweeted. "The acid attack on Preeti Rathi and her death is very painful. Unfortunately, the culprit is still at large," Sushma added.

With additional information from PTI

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