Woman’s acid conspiracy backfired on her, say police

June 30, 2015 12:00 am | Updated 05:52 am IST - VIJAYAWADA:

In a startling revelation, the Vijayawada Police said on Monday that the woman who died in an acid attack on Saturday was an unwitting victim of her own conspiracy to target a man with whom she had had a live-in relationship.

The woman, P. Emaleyamma alias Rani, died on Saturday after falling off a motorcycle on which she was riding pillion behind her alleged lover, on whom she allegedly urged a friend to throw acid late on Friday night. The execution of the attack went wrong, and she fell off the bike flinching from the acid and died of head injuries while her intended target was burnt in the back but survived.

Her friend, Kota Sobhanadri alias Chanti, and his accomplice, Songa Rajesh, who executed the plan, have been arrested.

Disclosing this to newsmen on Monday, Police Commissioner A.B. Venkateswara Rao said Rani, a nurse at private hospital, had been living with her parents after leaving her husband. She had been in a live-in relationship with K. Rajesh, the man who suffered injuries in the acid attack, but had developed intimacy with another man, the accused Sobhanadri, whom met her in the hospital, Mr Venkateswara Rao said.

Complained that Rajesh had started harassing her, she allegedly asked Sobhanadri to kill him, and gave her new lover a bottle of sulphuric acid about 45 days ago. Since then, three attempts were made to kill Rajesh.

East Zone Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Abhishek Mohanty said that on June 26 the woman arranged to go with Rajesh to Vijayawada and informed Shobanadri that this was an opportunity to carry out their plan.

The police commissioner said, “While they were returning from Vijayawada on Rajesh’s bike, Rani was in touch with Sobhanadri on her mobile phone. The accused followed them on a bike with his friend Songa Rajesh. When the couple had reached Keesarapalli, Sobhanadri poured acid into a glass and splashed it on Rajesh. Unable to bear the pain, they fell off the bike and Rani suffered major head injury causing her death.”

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