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Jun 03, 2013 at 10:49am IST

Mumbai: Acid attack victim's family demands CBI probe

Mumbai: The family of Delhi girl Preeti Rathi, who succumbed to acid attack injuries at Bombay Hospital on Sunday, met Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil and demanded a CBI probe into the incident. Preeti's father Amar Singh, mother and other family members and some social activists met Patil and expressed anguish over the pace of probe being conducted by the GRP.

"We do not trust Government Railway Police investigation. We want CBI inquiry. Patil assured us that he will speak to the CBI director on our demand tomorrow itself," Preeti's cousin Samsher Singh said.

Meanwhile, BJP leader Sushma Swaraj tweeted on the issue, slamming the Maharashtra 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," Sushma tweeted. "The acid attack on Preeti Rathi and her death is very painful. Unfortunately, the culprit is still at large," she added.

Twenty three-year-old Preeti, who died on Sunday, was on ventilator support for two weeks as her right lung had suffered severe damage in the acid attack and had also developed complications in the upper respiratory system.

An unidentified man flung acid on Preeti when she got down from Garib Rath Express at Bandra Terminus here on May 2. She was supposed to join the Colaba Naval Hospital 'INS Ashwini' as a staff nurse.

A relative of Preeti's mother, however, said, that the railway officials "were not of much help".

Meanwhile, Alok Dixit of "Stop Acid Attacks" campaign said after meeting the state Home Minister, said, "He 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.

With additional information from PTI

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