Preeti's accused sentenced to death


Ankur Panwar was sentenced to death in Preeti Rathi acid attack case. Special women's court declared 25-year old Ankur guilty of murdering a Delhi resident Preeti Rathi by hurling acid at her at Bandra terminus in 2013. Ankur was driven to this action thanks to perennial comparison with Preeti by his parents. The prosecution had alleged that Ankur was upset after Preeti had refused his marriage proposal and was moving to the city to join the Indian Navy as a nurse. On May 2, 2013 Preeti got off Garib Rath Express at Bandra terminus in Mumbai with her father, aunt and uncle. Moments later a masked man threw acid at her, inflicting severe burn injuries. From Narela, northwest of Delhi, it was Preeti's maiden visit to Mumbai, where she was to join the Indian Navy as a nurse. On May 10, the police arrested a BTech student hailing from Rohtak, but later let him off for lack of evidence. Preeti Rathi died on June 1, 2013. On January 17, 2014, the crime branch arrested Ankur Panwar had been found guilty under charges of Indian Penal Code sections 302 (murder) and 326 B ( causing grievous hurt by use of acid).