Custody of girl behind acid attack extended

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Mumbai, Apr 8 (UNI) A local court today extended police custody of a college girl, accused of hatching a plot to hurl acid at her ex-boyfriend last month, till April 16.

Vendelene Narohna, a student of city-based St Andrews College, was arrested on April 5 by the officers of crime branch CID, after her anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the sessions court.

On April 6, a holiday court remanded Narohna to police custody till today, after the crime branch CID moved an application that the investigation in the case was going on and police wanted to confront her in front of the two other accused, who were her friends.

The accused had asked them to hurl acid on Vivek Patel, her former boyfriend.

While she was produced before the local court after the expiry of her first remand, the crime branch officials stated that the investigating agency wanted to hold an identification parade and sufficient time should be given to them to conduct her thorough interrogation.

Besides her involvement in masterminding the attack, she was also charged with attempting suicide, as she had slashed her wrist last week while the court was hearing her anticipatory bail plea.

After her bail plea was rejected, Narohna was taken into police custody but was admitted to a hospital. She was brought to court on the first day of the remand from the hospital.

On March 28, police arrested Narhona's two friends from the city's suburbs, who had hurled acid on Patel.

She was earlier granted interim relief, while court had directed the police not to arrest her till April 4. However, the plea was rejected on the same day and she was taken into custody.

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