An eight-year-old girl survived a bid on her life after she was kidnapped and thrown on the railway tracks from a bridge at Chipiyana on NH-24 in Ghaziabad on Sunday. She lay in an unconscious condition between two railway tracks for one whole night before being found on Monday morning, nearly 21 hours after she went missing.
Naghma Alvi, a class 3 student and youngest of six siblings, went missing from her residence at the Markaz Masjid area in Ghaziabad around 11am on Sunday. She was found by a local between the electrified Delhi-Howrah railway section near Chipiyana.
“When I noticed her, I called other locals. She regained consciousness and said 2-3 men had thrown her from a bridge on the railway tracks. She somehow managed to crawl away from the track and lay there for the entire night,” Kallan, the man who spotted the child around 6am on Monday, told Hindustan Times.
The police suspect the child was thrown around 10pm on Sunday night. Not only the child survived the fall, she was lucky enough not to touch the 25,000v electricity lines over the tracks. The height of the rail bridge is around 30 feet.
Dozens of trains pass through the section every day.
The girl was rushed to MMG district hospital where doctors said she suffered from a hip-joint fracture and head injuries.
“She was wearing her brother’s jacket. She managed to survive the winter chill due to the jacket. She told us that 2-3 persons offered her peanuts and R30 and took her along on Sunday,” the victim’s father Sabir Alvi, who deals in scrap business, said.
Officials at MMG hospital said the child would be referred to a Delhi hospital.
The police have registered a case of abduction and attempt to murder against unidentified men. “We are awaiting the child to regain consciousness as she faints frequently due to shock and looks terrorised. Her statements are crucial,” senior superintendent of police (SSP) Raghubir Lal said.
Alvi’s family suspects personal or business rivalry. “Their motive was to murder my daughter in a planned manner and make it look like an accident,” Sabir Alvi said.