Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Acid attack on woman who exposed bomb-making hubby

Posted by Stop Acid Attacks On Tuesday, March 05, 2013

ByPrashant Dayal, TNN | 
Mar 4, 2013

AHMEDABAD:  Reshma Rangrez, a 32-year-old braveheart, who had exposed her husband Shehzad in July 2011 for making crude bombs, was attacked by her in-laws who threw acid on her. 

Angry for sending their son to jail, Shehzad's parents often fought with her. Even as Danilimda police were investigating the complaint, the in-laws recently forced their way to her home near Bombay Hotel area of the city. "My in-laws burst into the house at 3.30am with a bottle. Before I could understand what was happening, they threw acid at me. My shrieks of pain alerted my neighbours who rushed to my help," she said. 

Reshma sustained burn injuries on her arm. Another complaint was lodged against the in-laws at the Danilimda police station. "We have arrested her father-in-law Ismail Rangrez and mother-in-law Hanifa on the basis of her complaint," said G P Chauhan, inspector of Danilimda police station. 

In February, Reshma had filed a police complaint saying some crude bombs had been left outside her home. When the cops investigated, they found these were acid bulbs. 

Reshma had been felicitated by the state government and director general of police after she had informed the police about Shehzad's bomb-making. She was given a cheque of Rs 25,000 and was assured security as she had decided to stay at the same house despite threats from Shehjad's accomplices. 

Shehzad was caught with a crude bomb and a country-made pistol when police officials had raided the house. Shehzad led the cops to seven other bombs hidden in a garbage pile at Chandola lake. Considering the sensitivity of the case, the state officials had handed over the probe to the state Anti-Terrorists Squad (ATS) officials. 

Apart from the reward, Reshma was also offered a job in the city traffic brigade by city police commissioner. She had insisted on not taking the security cover and showed the resilience to fight against odds.


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