An eight-year-old girl has lost her right arm after two men allegedly attacked her with a bhujali (a sharp-edged weapon) soon after she arrived in Patna with her parents on late Thursday night.
The girl was a witness to her four-year-old brother’s kidnapping in May, and her parents had come from Darbhanga to seek help from the Bihar director general of police to find their son.
While her father Ainul Ansari said the girl was attacked by the same men who had kidnapped his son, police on Saturday produced an eyewitness who claimed the girl had severely injured her arm after falling on the railway track while the family was getting down from the train.
Ansari, a tailor from a tailor from Laheriasarai in Darbhanga, said “As we left the Rajendranagar railway station on Thursday night, my daughter got left behind by a few metres. Suddenly, two men attacked her and chopped off her right arm with a bhujali.”
Ansari identified the culprits as Bobby Khan and Bashir Khan, and claimed the two had been following the family from Darbhanga. She is currently admitted to Patna Medical College and Hospital, where her right arm was amputated to save her life after a written permission was given by her father.
The girl’s mother said the family had paid Rs. 2 lakh as ransom for the son, but the kidnappers wanted more money.
However, a local rickshaw-puller named Karu Ram told mediapersons that he along with others had pulled up the girl from the railway track after she fell in the gap between the train’s gate and the platform.
Patna superintendent of railway police Upendra Kumar Sinha confirmed Ram’s account of the case, which is under investigation after an FIR was lodged at Patna’s Kadamkuan police station.
Inspector general of police (weaker sections) Arvind Pandey said Patna SSP Manu Maharaj and the railway SP were supervising investigation into the case.
“We are considering providing financial assistance to the family for the child’s treatment,” said Pandey.