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Youth pours acid on TV compere

K. Manikandan

Police yet to zero in on the accused

Victim admitted to private hospital

TAMBARAM: A 20-year-old woman has been hospitalised after a youth threw acid on her face when she was alone at her house in Adambakkam on Monday.

T. Deepa, a freelance compere for Doordarshan Podhigai, is living with her mother Ahalya and younger sister Saraswathi in Andal Nagar, Adambakkam. Ahalya is working as a document writer near the Sub-Registrar’s office in Nanganallur, while Saraswathi is a college student.

Around noon on Monday, a youth knocked on the door stating that he had come to deliver a courier article. When Ms. Deepa opened the door, he gave her a letter, and even as she was reading it, pulled out a bottle of acid and poured it on her face.

The assailant, police said, fled on a motorcycle that was parked some distance from the house.

Hearing her cries, neighbours took Ms. Deepa to a private hospital nearby. After first aid, she was taken to the Burns Ward of the Kilpauk Medical College Hospital, where she was admitted.

Adambakkam police received a complaint and registered a case late in the evening on Monday.

On Tuesday morning, the victim, accompanied by her mother and sister, went for a check-up at an eye hospital in Nungambakkam. In the afternoon, she went to a private hospital in Nandambakkam. Later in the evening, she was admitted to another private hospital in the city.

Four youths detained

V. Varadaraju, Deputy Commissioner of Police, St. Thomas Mount, said they had detained four youths on suspicion but were unable to zero in on the accused.

The victim appeared to be reluctant to provide any clues about the possible assailant’s identity, he said.

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