Revenge is the motive, say police; victims suffer burn injuries on faces

Two women sustained burn injuries after a man sprayed an insect repellent on their faces and placed a burning matchstick on them. The police have arrested him.

“He sprayed Hit [an insect repellent] on them and held a burning matchstick in front of the spray, causing burn injuries to the victims. He wanted to take revenge on a woman, [while] another woman was injured when she tried to save her,” the Kandivali police said on Tuesday.

The police have booked 26-year old Sachin Gangadhar Shigvan under Sections 307, 452, 342, 324, 506(II) of the Indian Penal Code. Shraddha Landge (23) and Meenal Ziman (36) — suffered around 20 per cent burn injuries and are undergoing treatment in hospital.

The Investigating Officer of the case said, “The accused and Shraddha Landge were involved in a brawl two days ago. Both stay in the same area. The accused used to create a misunderstanding between the woman and her husband. The husband bashed him up two days ago.”

On Tuesday, when the woman was sitting at her neighbour’s place at 9.30 am, the accused came and threatened her. “He said to her that just like she had ruined his life, he will ruin her face. He held a ‘Hit’ canister in front of her, but she hid behind another woman. Even as Meenal Ziman tried to save Shraddha, he sprayed it on both of them, and lit a matchstick,” he said.