KUALA LUMPUR: An insurance company adjuster lost sight in his left eye and suffered serious burns on his face, chest and hands when two assailants splashed a corrosive liquid on him before stealing his car.
The victim, identified as Thiagarajan, 31, said he was driving his friend home when he realised one of his tyres had a puncture and he pulled over to change it. The friend alighted from the car as well.
“As I went to the boot to take out the spare tyre, two men splashed a corrosive liquid on my face,” he said, adding that his friend also suffered some burns on her hands.
The two men drove away in Thiagarajan's car.
A passing taxi driver saw the victim by the roadside and rushed him and the friend to the hospital where Thiagarajan was admitted into the intensive care unit.
Doctors said Thiagarajan's left eye was completely damaged in the incident and he had lost 50% vision in his right eye.
Ampang Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Jalil Hassan said the woman had lodged a police report and had helped police create a photofit of the suspects.
He did not rule out the possibility that the suspects had punctured the victim's car tyre in Pandan Indah and trailed them before attacking the victim and stealing his car.