PATNA, India (AFP) - The police in eastern India were searching on Friday for six men who allegedly chopped off a 19-year-old man's fingers before pouring acid into his eyes following a minor dispute, an officer said.
The man was recovering in hospital following the attack late on Thursday in which most of his fingers were hacked off in a village in Bihar state, local police superintendent Chandrika Prasad said.
"He was attacked, beaten half dead, his fingers chopped off and acid poured into his eyes by some people over a dispute," said Supt Prasad, from Samastipur district where the attack took place. "Police have began an investigation into the case and raided several places to arrest the named accused in the case, who are absconding after the shocking incident," he told AFP.
Initial police enquiries found the man was attacked when residents objected to him repairing his motorcycle which had broken down in front of their home in Vanbhaur village, local police official Susdhir Kumar Razak said.
"Some people ordered him not to repair his motorcycle in front of this house but he ignored them, which angered them," he said.
Bihar, with a population of 103 million people, is one of India's most crime-ridden and impoverished states.