BAHAWALPUR-Two women sustained critical burns while their three daughters also got minor injuries in two acid attack incidents occurred in different areas the other day.

According hospital and police sources, three accused attacked a woman and her daughter when they were asleep in their house near Mauza Taranda Basharat, Uch Sharif. Both the woman and the girl sustained critical burns and were rushed to RHC Uch Sharif from where they were referred to Bahawal Victoria Hospital Bahawalpur.

The victim Ruqayya Bibi told the media that a few days ago, she went to crop fields situated near her house where a person named Shafiq approached her. He started teasing her at which she started screaming. Hearing to the hue and cry, locals gathered at the spot and thrashed the accused. Later the issue was arbitrated by the elders.

The accused, however, nursed a grudge against the woman. He along with his accomplices Fayyaz and Riaz broke into her house and attacked Ruqayya and her daughter Asiya Bibi with acid. As a result both suffered critical burns.The police have registered a case against the accused.

In another incident that occurred in Basti Luqman Mauza Kotla Sidhoo, Tehsil Khanpur, a man identified as Akram broke into the house of a blind person named Muhammad Ameen. The accused attacked his wife 35-year-old Sakeena with acid. As a result she sustained severe burns on her face and upper parts of the body. Her daughters - Asiya and Amna - also got burns on their hands when they came to save their mother.

The injured were taken to a local hospital from where they were shifted to Sheikh Zayed Hospital Rahim Yar Khan where condition of Sakeena Bibi is said to be in critical.

Locals caught the accused and handed him over to the Zahirpir Police. The police have recovered empty cane of the acid and registered a case against the accused.