On Friday, May 13, the Bengaluru police arrested a man disguised as swami for throwing acid on Bengaluru woman over two weeks after the attack. According to reports, the accused threw acid on the victim’s face after she rejected her advances.

The horrific incident transpired earlier on April 28 and the accused had been absconding ever since then. After 16 days of attack, the Kamakshipalya police arrested the accused from Tamil Nadu. The accused in the incident has been identified as Nagesh. Following the incident, the victim, dealing with gut-wrenching pain due to the attack demanded justice from the police and was quoted saying, “Sir … Please do not spare him. Punish him severely”.

Reportedly, the doctors made unsuccessful attempts to curb the damage on her body. The incident transpired in Bengaluru’s Sunkadakatte area. Following the incident that sent shockwaves across the metropolitan city, the police swung into action. Preliminary investigation revealed the accused to be an owner of a garment factory.

Due to mounting pressure in the wake of no arrests, the police were reported to have strengthened their efforts to nab the accused. The police had earlier arrested the accused’s brother and parents to catch the nab.

The Facts of the Matter

On Friday, May 13, the police arrested the accused of a horrific acid attack who threw acid on a woman after she rejected his advances. The incident transpired earlier on April 28 and it took the police 16 days to nab the culprit. The accused, identified Nagesh, had fled from Bengaluru and was arrested from Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu. The accused was arrested from an ashram where he had disguised himself as a seer (swami).

Following the mounting pressure by media and public, the police had formed multiple teams to nab the culprit. The police had also detained the accused’s family, including his parents and elder brother, for their involvement in the matter.

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Accused had Been Planning Attack for 20 Days

After receiving inputs, the police took to neighbouring states to nab the accused. As per reports, the accused had been planning to throw acid on victim for 20 days and had also bought a new SIM card.

According to reports, the accused had been living as a tenant in the victim’s uncle’s house seven years ago and had been harassing her ever since. Nagesh used to demand the victim’s love and stalked her even after he was forced to vacate his house.

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Bengaluru Acid Attack Accused had History of Harassing

Prior to the incident, the accused got information about the victim working at a private firm and had made a scene at her work place. The woman continued to reject the man’s offer despite his harassment.

On April 28, the accused once again stalked the victim to her office. As she was making her way to the staircase, the accused sprung out of nowhere and threw acid on her. When the victim backed off and tried to hide, the accused continued to throw acid on the woman.

Multiple Protests Broke Out Following the Attack

Following the attack, Bengaluru witnessed multiple protests demanding action to be taken against the accused. AAP supporters protested outside the Kamakshipalya police station as well.

As days followed, the Karnataka government announced bearing the victim’s treatment cost. Karnataka Health Minister expressed his solidarity with the family and announced that the state government will bear the cost of the woman’s medical bills.

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Patient Recovering Well to Treatment

As of now, the 24-year-old victim is recovering at the St. John’s Hospital and has been moved from the burn ward to ICU. The doctors successfully completed the skin grafting procedure and confirmed that the victim was responding well to the ongoing treatment.


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