LAHORE - Police Wednesday claimed to have arrested a suspected acid attacker in a house on Bund Road.

The suspect was named as Ali Hassan, who wanted to tie his knot with the victim. The latest incident of acid attack took place in the limits of Data Darbar police two days ago.

Police official Naveed Irshad told reporters that the accused was arrested in Baghbanpura on early Wednesday. He said the accused attacked his fiancée after engagement split over an issue.

The 23-year-old victim, Aleeza, has been battling for life at a hospital in Lahore.

According to hospital officials, she sustained serious burns on her face and arms. Her condition was said to be very serious till late Wednesday.

SP (Investigation) city police division, Irshad, said the accused forced his entry into the victim’s house near Mian Munshi Hospital when she was alone there.  He threw acid on Aleeza and fled. She was admitted to hospital with multiple burns.

The handcuffed accused was also produced before the media. Earlier, the police registered a case and launched the investigation.

The incidents of acid attack are not rare in this province. In May, a schoolteacher sustained serious burns after an unidentified motorcyclist unleashed an acid attack on her in broad daylight in Lahore’s Green Town. The government in recent years amended the laws to introduce harsher punishments for the convicts in acid attacks. But such brutal attacks continue to take place even in urban parts of the country.

Auto lifters gang arrested

The Anti-Vehicle Lifting Staff of the city police on Wednesday said they arrested three members of a notorious auto-lifters gang and seized eight cars and one motorcycle from their possession.   The arrested suspects were identified by police as Aman Ullah alias Billo, Muhammad Nadeem and Muhammad Salman. The police seized 8 stolen vehicles and one motorcycle from their possession.  Police official Atif Hayat said the arrested suspects had a criminal history and they were wanted to the police in several cases of auto-theft. They used to take away vehicles parked outside shopping malls or houses by using master keys. Further investigation was underway.

According to APP, an FIA team arrested 16 human smugglers including eight proclaimed offenders from Sialkot, Hafizabad and Gujranwal. According to FIA spokesman, the arrested human smugglers were identified as Ali Abbas, Abdul Majeed, Tariq Waqas, Mian  Riaz, Qaisar Abbas, Anayat, Chudhray Asif and Mian Altaf. Further investigation is underway.