Chennai, Nov 11: A three and a half year old boy was thrown toilet cleaning acid on his face by a 66-year-old man in Peerkankaranai near Tambaram in the neighbourhood after the child's father objected to the senior citizen's act of disposing of sewage near his house. Police said Navaneethakrishnan, staying in a house on Third Cross Street, Devanesan Nagar, had protested the discharge of sewage near his house by his neighbour Venugopal, a former employee of the State Highways Department.
Even elected representatives and authorities at Peerkankaranai town panchayat had intervened and asked Venugopal to refrain. But he did not listen to any of them, police said. Navaneethakrishnan, a Malaysian citizen, had recently come here on a vacation and was planning to take his wife and their son along with him.
On Sunday, Nov 9 morning, the two had a quarrel and left, after their neighbours intervened. But in a fit of rage, Venugopal returned to his house. He went to the terrace of the house and emptied a bottle of the toilet cleaning acid on Nitish, son of Navaneethakrishnan, who was playing on the street.
Hearing the cries of the boy, his parents and neighbours rushed there and took the child to a private hospital nearby.
However, the staff at the hospital refused to treat the child, fearing complications if a police case was filed, police said.
The boy was then taken to the Primary Health Centre in Peerkankaranai where he was administered first aid and then shifted to Tambaram Taluk Government Hospital in Chromepet. Shocked at the behaviour of the senior citizen, several neighbours went as a group to the Peerkankaranai police station with the boy's father to lodge a complaint. A case under Sections 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous means) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of Indian Penal Code was registered against Venugopal. He was arrested and remanded to judicial custody, police said.