Police in Bajura have arrested two youths in connection with an attempt to burn a girl alive. According to police, they have arrested Suman Giri and Shikhar Thapa of Tribeni Municipality for interrogation.

Fourteen-year-old Sabhyata Buhda of Patali, Tribeni Municipality had gone to attend a wedding event at Malalgaun of Ward 9 when she was sprinkled with petrol and set alight on Monday night. The locals, however, came to her rescue in time and saved her. All her clothes were burnt in the incident.

"Her condition is normal except for some burn injuries. We have brought her to Martadi," said District Police Office Chief SP Madanjeet Mahara, adding that the youths were arrested from their hideouts and have been brought to the DPO.

Police have said they are preparing to file an acid-attack related case against the perpetrators.

Police have also been granted five-day remand by the court to investigate the two, who are underage.

A version of this article appears in the print on May 6, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.