A 35-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday, January 24, for allegedly throwing his four children from a bridge into a canal after an argument with his wife. His 12-year-old daughter managed to swim to safety and rescued two of her siblings. Tragically, the youngest child is still missing.
The father flung the four children from a 30 feet (9 metres) tall bridge to their deaths. However, his daughter managed to swim to safety and began her rescue attempt. She managed to rescue two of her sibling, but the youngest child, a five-year-old is still missing.
The horrific incident took place at Sheikhupur Hunda under Sahawar police limits in the Kasganj district of Uttar Pradesh. On Monday, the accused, Pushpendra Kumar went to drop his wife at her father’s place, 15 kilometres away, after a domestic dispute with her. Then, he attempted to murder his four children.
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Man Pushes 4 Children Into Canal
After returning, Kumar told his children he would take to a fair nearby and on the way, he stopped at the bridge. He then threw his four children, Sonu, 13, Prabha, 12, Kajal, 8, and Hemlata, 5, into the 15 feet (4.5 metres) deep canal.
Prabha not only managed to swim to safety, but she also brought her younger sister Kajal along with her by tightly cluthing her hand. Once they were safe, she yelled to her older brother Sonu, who was struggling to stay afloat and told him to hold onto a bridge column until she could get help.
Prabhu proceeded to scream at the top oh her lungs and waved frantically at passerbys and got their help.
The villagers said that all three of the children are in stable condition and that divers have been deployed to trace Hemlata, the youngest child.
The eldest sibling, Sonu, narrated the incident and said they were excited to go to the fair and dressed up well. He said, “After traveling for a few minutes, we stopped on a bridge. Dad took us to show the canal. He made us sit on the fence. When I asked about the depth of the canal, he pushed us down one by one.”
The village watchman Chob Singh filed a complaint against Pushpendra Kumar and an FIR was registered against him under Indian Penal Code Sections 363 (kidnapping) and 307 (attempt to murder).
Singh also added that Pushpendra “remained intoxicated most of the time” and that his wife “ensured education for the three elder children”.