KUANTAN: A policeman with the rank of sergeant suffered burn injuries to his face and back in an acid attack in front of his house at Taman Mahkota Putra in Indera Mahkota here yesterday evening.
The 51-year-old victim, attached to the Pahang police Criminal Investigation Department, was splashed with the corrosive liquid just minutes after he and his family members arrived home from Kuala Lumpur.
District police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohd Noor Yusof Ali said a man arrived on a motorcycle outside the gate of the house at about 6.10pm.
He said the motorcyclist called the victim out of the house on the pretext of delivering a hamper and the victim assumed the motorcyclist was a despatch rider.
"The suspect got down from his machine and waited for the victim to come forward to collect the hamper. Once the victim turned to walk towards his house, the suspect approached him from behind and splashed the liquid on the victim.
"The suspect who was alone immediately fled on his motorcycle while the victim tried to give chase. Initial investigations revealed the victim suffered burn injuries to his chest, left hand, forehead, cheeks and back," he said in a statement today.
Noor Yusof said checks revealed the suspect had earlier gone to the victim's house and pressed the door bell but left the premises when he realised there was no one at home.
"We are trying to track down the suspect and those with information should come forward to assist police investigations," he said, adding that the victim is receiving treatment at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital.
The incident was captured by the victim's CCTV camera and the footage has gone viral on social media.
The case is being investigated under Section 326 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing grievous hurt with a dangerous weapon.