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Delhi police arrest four, mastermind of acid attack is a doctor

NEW DELHI: Delhi Police have arrested four men who had thrown acid on a woman doctor in Rajouri Garden area of west Delhi on Tuesday morning. The mastermind of the acid attack is a doctor.

Joint commissioner Tajinder Luthra earlier confirmed the two arrests. According to reports, all four have now been arrested. One of them is claiming to be a minor. Police are verifying his age through his identification documents.

One of the accused was apparently in love with the doctor and decided to take revenge when the doctor did not reciprocate. He handed out the contract to two of his friends who carried out the attack. The two accused were merely hitmen, sources said.

According to police, the mastermind of the attack is Dr Ashok Yadav. He knew the victim for ten years and studied medicine with her in Belarus. Other accused has been identified as Vaibhav. The police say that the two hitmen - seen in the CCTV footage - are claiming to be minors and hired by Vaibhav and Yadav. Investigations revealed that three years back, when the victim rebuffed Yadav's overtures, he got obsessed. He got in touch with Vaibhav and hatched a conspiracy. Vaibhav got in touch with two juveniles who were paid Rs 25,000. They first stole a bike and then tried to pass off the entire incident as a robbery bid.

DCP west Pushpender Kumar said that the case was cracked by the special staff team led by inspector SS Rathee who developed all the available leads and generated local intelligence.

In a horrific act caught on CCTV camera, two bike-borne men had thrown acid on a woman doctor in west Delhi's Rajouri Garden on Tuesday morning, leaving one side of her face burnt and her right eye severely damaged.

The 30-year-old senior resident doctor at ESI hospital was on her scooter, heading to work, when the unidentified attackers struck. They also snatched away her purse containing a wallet and mobile. The victim briefly told doctors that she didn't recognize the assailants.

"She suffered severe (grade IV) injuries in her eye and has 50% chemical burns on the right side of her face and neck," said an official from AIIMS, where she is being treated. A team of eye specialists was trying to restore vision in the damaged eye.

The footage shows the woman standing in the middle of the road screaming for help, but vehicles just passing by. She finally got help from a builder living in the neighbourhood, whose CCTV camera recorded the event.