A youth had acid thrown on him allegedly by rivals of his family in Ratanpur union of Satkhira’s Kaliganj upazila early yesterday.
The victim, Rafiqul Islam, 26, is now in a critical condition as about 60 percent of his body, including his face, eyes and head, was burnt, said doctors.
He is now undergoing treatment at Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH).
The victim’s family members said they had a longstanding rivalry with neighbour Babu Gazi, a member of Ratanpur Union Parishad, over land-related issues and that Babu had long been threatening them in many ways.
The attack was carried out around 3:30am when Rafiqul went out of his home to use the toilet, said Shafiqul, a cousin of the victim.
Hearing Rafiqul screaming, family members rushed out of home and saw Babu and his associates Siraj, Tutul and Shaheen on the scene, Shafiqul said.
The family members chased the attackers, but could not catch them, he said.
Rafiqul was taken to Satkhira Sadar Hospital and later shifted to KMCH.
Contacted, Hafiz Ullah, a doctor of Satkhira Sadar Hospital, said the victim was in critical condition as 60 percent of his body was burnt.
This correspondent could not reach Babu Gazi, despite several attempts, as his mobile phone was switched off.
Contacted, Delwar Hossain, officer-in-charge of Kaliganj Police Station, said police had visited the spot and found evidence of an acid attack.