Patna: Thirteen people, including three women, were attacked with acid after a fight erupted between two groups in Vaishali’s Daudnagar.

SDPO Raghav Dayal said, “People of one group attacked the other with acid. The injured are being treated at a local hospital. Five people have been arrested and a probe is underway.”

Those injured are all from the same family. Dayal said two families of Dawoodpur village clashed over a minor dispute between children. The dispute escalated so much that both sides had people beaten up and six were left injured. A family member then angrily threw acid at 13 people, including three women, from the other family.

He added that some of the injured people were in critical condition. Meanwhile, the aggrieved family has alleged that acid was thrown on them for opposing molestation.

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court decided to examine various grievances raised in a PIL on acid attacks including compliance with guidelines and laws for compensation, rehabilitation of victims and including male survivors within the purview of the law.

The petition came up for hearing before a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna which said a direction can be passed by giving an opportunity to all respondents for their views.

The court issued notices to the Centre and all state governments and Union Territories for their responses within four weeks.

The petition filed by advocate Anuja Kapur sought directions to the Centre and state governments for compliance to the existing guidelines, policies and various laws for compensation and rehabilitation of acid attack survivors. She was accompanied by a male acid attack survivor Chandrahass Mishra who works for the Uttar Pradesh chapter of Acid Survivors and Women Welfare Foundation.