Varanasi acid attack: Centre seeks report from U.P Govt.

New Delhi, Nov.15 : Centre has sought a report from the Uttar Pradesh government over the incident of an acid attack on a Russian woman in Varanasi that took place on Friday.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that she has sought a report on the incident.

“As I learnt about the acid attack on the Russian girl in Varanasi, I asked for a report from UP Government. The accused has been arrested. The victim is under treatment in Sunderlal Hospital Varanasi. We are monitoring the progress,” Sushma tweeted.

The Police had earlier said Siddharth Srivastava, the accused in the case, had an argument with the victim on Thursday after she told him that she was leaving India. Angered by this, threw acid on her while she was asleep on her terrace.

However, Srivastava, who had been absconding after the incident, has been arrested.

The victim, who has suffered 46 percent burn injuries on her face and body, has been shifted to the national capital for better treatment.

The Russian woman came to Varanasi four months ago. She rented a place in Lanka area in Varanasi and befriended Siddharth, son of the house owners. (ANI)