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UP shocker: Man arrested for throwing four kids into canal after dispute with his wife, 3 survive

Father arrested for throwing his four children into the canal in Kasganj, UP, after dispute with his wife. The accused, Pushpendra Kumar, after a domestic dispute, had gone to drop his wife at her father`s place, 15 km away from the village. On his return, Kumar told his children that he would take them to a fair at a nearby shrine.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Uttar Pradesh/Kasganj: The drug-addicted father pushed three daughters and a son into a canal and then fled. Three children came out of the canal while the younger daughter drowned and went missing. Search for her is going on. The police have taken the father into custody and are being interrogated. On information, the family and the people of the village reached the spot. The father had brought the children on the pretext of taking them to their grandmother’s house.

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The accused, Pushpendra Kumar, after a domestic dispute, had gone to drop his wife at her father`s place, 15 km away from the village. On his return, Kumar told his children that he would take them to a fair at a nearby shrine. On the way, though, he stopped at the bridge and threw his four kids — Sonu (13), Prabha (12), Kajal(8), and Hemlata (5) — into the 15 feet-deep canal. Prabha swam ashore and also brought her sister Kajal by tightly clutching her hand. Once ashore, she called out to her elder brother Sonu, who was drowning, and told him to hold on to a bridge column till she ensured that help arrived. She then began screamed for help waved frantically at passers-by who came to her rescue.

An FIR was later registered against Pushpendra under IPC sections 363 (kidnapping) and 307 (attempt to murder) on the basis of a complaint filed by the village watchman Chob Singh. Singh said, “Pushpendra had been working as a daily wager. He remained intoxicated most of the time. His wife somehow ensured education for the three elder children.”

SHO of Sahawar, Siddhart Tomar, said, “During investigation, the accused confessed to his crime and claimed to have done it under the influence of alcohol. He has been sent to jail.”

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