A couple and their two minor daughters sustained severe burns in an acid throwing attack late the other night.

The police arrested the accused after the Regional Police Officer took notice of the incident.

Ahmad Hassan Joyia wanted to develop illicit relations with Shahnaz Bibi, wife Pervaiz, a resident of Madina Town, Bahawalnagar. Shahnaz, however, refused to do so. Disappointed over the woman’s refusal, Joyia along with his accomplice Rasheed alias Sheeda barged into the woman’s house. They sprinkled acid on the family members who were sound asleep.

As a result, Pervaiz, his wife Shahnaz and two minor daughters - five-year-old Areej Fatima and six-year-old Nimra received critical burns. Listening to hue and cry, neighbours and locals gathered on the spot and shifted the injured to DHQ hospital Bahawalnagar.

As soon as electronic media highlighted the incident, Bahawalpur RPO Ehsan Sadiq took the notice. He ordered immediate arrest of accused Ahmad Hassan Joyai and two other accomplices.

The City ‘A’ Division Police registered a case No 349/15, under Section 336-B/7-ATA (Anti-Terrorism Act) and started further investigation. Later Shahnaz was referred to a Burn Centre in Lahore due to her critical condition. Her husband and daughters are said to be stable.

LEAs nick three suspects

Three suspects along with weapons were arrested during a search operation carried out in the limits of Khichiwala and Fortabbas.

The personnel of Law Enforcement Agencies arrested Maulana Farooq Rajanpuri, head of Madrasa Nusratul Mujahidin and also recovered two weapons - 8mm rifle and a pistol from his custody. The Khichiwala Police registered two cases - 174/15, 175/15 Under Section 13,20/65 against the suspect. In another raid, two suspects, said to be brother - Nazir khan and Azam Khan, sons of Abdul Rehman were arrested from Alamgir Tibba.

The Fortabbas police also recovered weapon from their custody and lodged a case No 280/15, under section 13,20/65 against them. This correspondent made several attempts to seek Fortabbas DSP Mehar Nasir Ali Saqib comment about the operation but he did not “bother” to attend the call.